The List Week 30

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It’s Friday, it’s beautiful out, and it’s going to be a fabulous weekend… I can feel it. Today is actually Matty’s birthday and we’ve got some general happy hour-ing on the schedule.

It’s the last BIG push for us to get our rental property ready for the renters who move in next weekend (insert cringing emoji here).  We still have to refinish all the wood floors, paint a few rooms, replace some light fixtures, and put in a new kitchen sink… So… it’s everything PLUS the kitchen sink. Follow on Snapchat (@earnesthomeco) for some live chats from a working weekend.

In other news, I want to thank every single one of you who left such a sweet comment on Wednesday’s post regarding my new endeavor. The response I’ve received has been overwhelming and almost made me cry…. almost.  If you want to check out the new you’ll get to see my black eye on the about me video (don’t ask!!!).

On to this week’s list!  Not only are there five pieces of gorgeousness above, but there are also some amazing links below… check it all out.

The List Week 30

No. 1 BLACK AND WHITE AND WOW – this beautiful office tour on Lark and Linen gave me some good inspiration for my one-day-barn-office.

No. 2 ON A ROLL – Speaking of offices… I was also inspired by the studio buildout that Megan and Mike did and loved the wheeled white desk they used, so it was funny that in the same day, I happened upon this wheeled white coffee table which is much more practical for those who don’t have space for a large desk.

No. 3 LAST ONE! I only have one more marble cake stand left in the shop!  I am not sure when/if we’ll be getting more, so get this one while it lasts!

No. 4 MODERN CLASSIC A little spot of coffee is much happier in such a modern, but classic mug and saucer set.

No. 5 WALLET FRIENDLY I was shocked that the price on this satellite pendant was so darn reasonable.  I’m thinking about getting one for my dining room!

Other amazingness:

#DressTheRainbow - My friend Brittany started a majorly awesome column that you have to see to believe.  The best part is that you can get involved by taking your own photos and tagging #DressTheRainbow.  It makes me want to expand my wardrobe colors from just black/white/army green.

#EarnestChallenge - We are coming up on another milestone!  The 3/4th point of our Summer Challenge is MONDAY!  Don’t forget to point your progress on social using #earnestchallenge  If you want to see my progress, here it is:

First Check-in

Halfway Check-in


Have a fabulous weekend, friend!


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The List Week 28

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the list wk 28

Happy Friday, Friends!! I am elbow deep in flowers today for a big wedding and I am having so much fun with it!  I’m creating a eucalyptus garland this morning and 26 (!!) long wooden flower boxes for tuscan tables later.  I’ve enlisted my sister and mom to help so that I can get away tonight for my sister’s 30th birthday dinner.

This week, a few beautiful and wonderful things caught my eye…

The List Week 28

TRAY CHIC:  I did a post on Wednesday about using a tray for a coffee station (which I have in full effect for operation floral design today) and while I was working on the post, I found this rustic wooden tray and fell in love with it.  It’s on it’s way to my house as we speak.

A YEAR WITHOUT SHOPPING: I read an article in Forbes this week about a girl who went a year without any shopping…. ANY… not even take-out food or coffee. She managed so save so much money in that year that she paid off her student loans.  It’s an interesting read. (calendar from Paper Source)

KITCHEN ENVY:  My kitchen needs a little sprucing up… it already has subway tile and black cupboards, so I’m thinking just a wooden countertop and some pretty gold hardware is all it would take… and maybe a coat of paint.  I saw this kitchen and it’s really topping my list of kitchens I love, giving me a little extra confidence to give mine a boost… more on this soon!

SUMMER SMELL: I always buy Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day dish soap and this week, I just opened up the Lemon Verbena and every single time I do dishes I think about how much I love the smell.  It’s the little things, right?

CAN YOU CANVA?: If you haven’t heard of Canva, you’re going to love me today.  It’s a wonderful program to help you design anything from social media posts to letterheads, flyers, anything.  It’s so fun to play with and I find myself using it for a bunch of random things.  I had a friend design a whole e-book with it. Definitely spend some time with it this weekend!


Have a fabulous weekend, guys!  See you back here on Monday with another episode in our Farmhouse Files! Get excited!

The List Week 27

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Happy holiday weekend, everyone!  I hope you’re planning on getting into something good this week – ideally something involving cookouts, fireworks, and sunshine. We’re in Nashville visiting family like we do each year for the 4th of July and we’ve got such a fun weekend ahead of us.

I’ve been in Tennessee since Wednesday, so I’ve been doing a bit more relaxing than most weeks, thus the selections this week that lean toward shopping more than internet links.  I hope you enjoy them, nonetheless!

The List Week 27

CAFE CULTURE:  There is just something about the cafe scene in Europe that I still can’t get out of my mind… the midday relaxing, the morning cappuccinos, the evening cocktails, I love the whole culture surrounding it.  In the past, the cafe chairs that I’ve liked have all been quite expensive, so I was really excited to find these rattan beauties for just $99 each.  While you’re sitting on your cafe chairs, however, you’ll need cafe music, and this playlist has been on every night at my house.

BRUSHED SPOTS:  These brushed, spotted cushions have been in my Etsy favorites for some time now, and I thought it was about time to share them with you guys.  They’re gorgeous, no?

BEST ALL-AROUND:  I love how versatile, neutral, and pretty this Claire V tote/backpack is.  I think it would make a great bag to go from office to weekend to beach.

THANKS FOR THE INVITE:  Did you guys see that Serena & Lily has designed a collection of invitations for The Paperless Post?  They’re so pretty and perfect for summer soirees! I like this Gin/Tonic style.

ABSTRACT BEAUTY:  Because I don’t have enough little bowls in my life… I’m pretty sold over this grouping of four abstract dishes with gold foil.  They’re perfect for collecting anything from jewelry to spices.


Some fun around here this week:

Our Moroccan Dinner Party

Summer Hostess Ideas

Summer Reading List

The List Week 26

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Is it Friday, already?  AND the 26th week of the year?  That means we’re exactly halfway through!

When I was trying to think back on what I did this week, my mind basically came up blank… it just went a little to quick for comfort over here.  I worked on an interior design project across town (photos to share soon) and we have a big summer outdoor party planned tonight. BUT it’s raining cats and dogs, so I’m not quite sure what to do about it. The next three weekends are booked with out-of-town trips and weddings, so there really isn’t a good alternate time to have the party for the entire next month. It’s been one of the rainiest summers here in Ohio and I’m a little irritated about it.  We haven’t had the Friday happy hours or walks in the park that we usually do. I suppose I haven’t had to water the garden, though!  I took one of those silly Facebook quizzes this morning that told me I should live in California… maybe I should consider this piece of advice.

I have a few fun tid-bits to share this week!

The List Week 26

No. 1 DEATH TO THE STOCK PHOTO – My friend, Allie started this company, DTTSP, and if you don’t know about it, you are missing out.  Stock photos are notoriously terrible and she and her partner David fix all this by offering cool, lifestyle type images for business, blogging, or personal use.  I know so many people who use it and I always find myself going to it for projects on and off this blog.  Oh, and I still need a pair of clogs in my life. death to the stock photo – free for monthly bundle, $10/mo for premium membership.

No. 2 GIRLS FIRST TAGINE – for the party that is tentatively scheduled for tonight, I am doing a Moroccan theme!  I bought this tagine to cook the lamb stew in and also to look beautiful on the table.  I had always wanted a tagine and I am so excited to explore the recipes I can make with it!  Do you own one?  Do you have any must-try recipes?

No. 3 CUP O’ SURPRISE – I usually hate info graphics, but this one all about coffee was super interesting and taught me a lot that I didn’t know!  Also, while at Ikea earlier this week getting things for the aforementioned interior design project, and realized that these 365+ mugs are really the perfect size, shape, and handle configuration.  When growing up, my mom had this ‘thing’ about finding the perfect coffee mug… comfortable handle, holds enough coffee, but not too much that it gets cold.  So now, I’m always on the lookout for the ‘perfect’ mug.

No. 4 BEAUTY UNDERFOOT – Nothing too much more than I just really like this rug.  I might take some color inspiration from it for upcoming decor projects around my house.

No. 5 LAUGH ‘TIL YOU CRY – Did you ever have a hamster growing up?  I had one named oliver and I really didn’t like him at all.  He was pretty mean! Anywho, if you had one (or not) you will still find this GIF of a girl ‘playing’ with her hamster hilarious. I am still laughing about it.


Don’t forget!! On MONDAY we’re giving a progress report on our summer #earnestchallenges!  Are you ready?  You have a few days this weekend to dive in… it’s only the first of four updates, so you’re cool if you’re just starting!


Have a great weekend, guys!



The List Wk 25

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Wow what a week!  Are you happy it’s Friday?  I’m a little torn to be honest!  We have such a jam-packed weekend ahead, that I was kind of loving the solitude and productivity of this past week!  I worked each day from my home office and pretty much didn’t leave the house other than to workout.  I got SO much done for an upcoming project which I’m excited to announce soon!

This week, I was a little stuck on a few things I saw floating around the web.  Here is The List Week 25!

HANDBLOWN: Drink dispensers are usually a little preppy, but I love how this hand-blown glass dispenser from Turnco Wood Goods for sale at Food 52 is a really simple and stylish piece for parties. A little pricey, but hand-blown and hand-turned wood made in the US?  Sounds like quality to me.

SUMMER STYLE: This summer has been shaping up to be a very boho-modern summer for me.  I’ve been wearing pretty much all black and white and super simple outfits.  The icing on the minimal cake, however, has been this tiered ‘havana’ necklace from Stella & Dot, which I wear almost daily.

SERIOUS SPLURGE: A graphic, modern outdoor chair in black?! Yes, please!  Except for it’s like, a billion dollars…. Maybe I’ll keep my eye open for a lower cost alternative.

CUPPA JOE: Ever since our trip to Italy, Matt and I have been drinking a lot more espresso (especially after dinner).  I don’t have proper espresso cups, and am on the hunt. They had so many options over there, but I was worried that they wouldn’t make it back in one piece, so I didn’t lock it up. Now, I’m kicking myself because I’m having a hard time finding some that aren’t boring.  These little handmade ceramic espresso tumblers might fit the bill.

B&W GOODNESS: More black and white! I love the texture and pattern of this handwoven pillow!  It was made in France in the makers studio!  She also makes wall hangings and clutches!


Around here:

Working with your hands

Positano Travel Recap

Margarita Popsicles!!!!


One more thing:

Thank you all so much for your help in voting for my little shop for the Chase grant that I’m up for! I had just a couple of days to get as many votes as possible in order to qualify for consideration AT ALL! I really appreciate all of your who voted, shared on your social media, and supported me in this!  THANK YOU!  And if you haven’t voted yet, there is still time!!  The more votes I get, the higher my shop is considered!