Friday Faves 7.29

*no. 1 woodland animal series tiles $28 ea, red tile studio; no. 2 dustin dodecthedron lamp by ralph lauren home $378, circa lighting; no. 3 design*sponge at home by grace bonney $17.50, amazon; no. 4 tufted ottoman coffee table $795, Restoration Hardware; no. 5 premium prints annie blend in yellow/kelp $12/yd,

I’m off to work for the morning then interviewing a new housekeeper today (which I know sounds frivolous, but my husband and I made a deal that as long as Zeus lives in our house, I get a housekeeper).  Then going to hit up Lowes for some fun weekend projects!

Have a SPLENDID Friday and EVEN BETTER weekend!


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Bedroom Bliss: French Vintage Chic

*home of cynthia davis as seen in cottage living magazine April 2007

There is something about this bedroom that really attracts  me.  It could be the light, bright airiness of the space, or the natural washed linen duvet and curtains.  My eye is also roped in by the worn wicker and grasscloth accents and hints of greenery.

simultaneously there is something I am not quite sure about. Possibly the headboard, but the headboard is what moves the room from generally traditional into slightly eclectic and feminine – which I also like.

I’m going to mull over this one today.  I find that looking at inspiring pictures and pinpointing the elements I like, don’t like, and the overall feel I get are essential to figuring out my direction – which needs constant re-figuring!

What are your thoughts?   Do you love it?   Dislike it?   What elements jump out at you?

It is Thursday already!  Have an AMAZING one!

Try This at Home: A Fabulous Terrarium

I love, love, love terrariums and have been wanting one in my dining room as the centerpiece for a while now.  I bought all of the materials, and they’ve been sitting idle on my patio table for about two months.  Last week while I was in NYC, my friend Justin shared with me a photo of the terrarium he had made for his fabulous apartment and I knew I had to get myself into action with my own.

One of my favorite sites for terrarium supplies is Terrain.  They have beautifully shaped glass vessels and all of the tools to keep your terrarium looking amazing!

You can access the HOW-TO by clicking HERE or you can visit the HOW-TO page for all of my projects!

Have an INCREDIBLE Wednesday!

Black and White Stripes Done Right

*design by schappacher white

I don’t think it is any secret that I love clean, bright spaces grounded in white.  Black and white stripes have the potential to go real bad, real fast, but this room is simply amazing. The wide stripes gives this room a modern graphic element. Mixing worn, vintage or antique items with the black and white stripes helps to tone down the contrast and gives the room a warmer look.  Is this something you’ve been wanting to try?

Here are some suggestions to get this look at home.  Mix in your own, loved items for a natural eclectic look!


1. Ralph Lauren Stripe Pillow Covers, icraft $29; 2.  Artificial Plants, Topiary Trees and Silk Plants |, $69; 3. Ikea Ikea Stockholm Rand, $199; 4. Willow Sofa | Crate&Barrel, $1,699; 5. Kenroy Home Steppe 2 Pack 30 in. Black Table Lamp Set – 20136BL at The…, $142; 6. The Drum Stool, $400

Have a WONDERFUL Tuesday!


Vintage Hotdog Roast {Part Two}

This weekend, we had a vintage style hot dog roast to celebrate my husband’s birthday.  I had shared my plans last Thursday, and I am happy to say that most things went as according to plan.

The weather did not cooperate, and extreme temperatures prevented us from actually roasting any of the hotdogs over an open fire.  Really, that would have fallen under the ‘torturing house guests’ category – which I do not condone on this blog.

Aside from grilling hotdogs on a gas grill, all else went wonderfully.

The hot dog ‘bar’ was quite fun, we included printed suggestions on what toppings would make good combinations, such as the Chicago Dog, Philly Dog, BBQ Dog, and the Pretty Lady.  Most people I saw were chowing down on something fun and original.

Along with the hotdogs, I included crudites in little paper cups with parmesan ranch, southwestern pasta salad in the same little cups with disposable bamboo sporks.  I displayed and served the chips, popcorn, and pretzels out of apothecary jars to keep them from the insects and humidity.


We finished up with some funfetti cupcakes, served in little boxes tied up with baking twine for the perfect take-home snack (although very few of them made it out of the house uneaten).

Overall, it was a success!  The only thing I would have done differently was to start earlier in the day – maybe next time!

Do you have any parties planned soon?  Please tell me about them!

Have a SWEET Monday!

*All products that I used came from The Container Store, Party City, or Trader Joe’s

*All photos by Erin of House of Earnest, except this one.