A place for everything – walk-in closet reno

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We are about halfway through a moderate project in our house – a master bedroom closet renovation.  Originally, the master bedroom had no closet, but instead a little nursery-type room off to the side.  In the 80’s my father-in-law renovated the home and put in a standard wall closet with bifold doors.  Until last week, the little wall closet still existed and I just kept my clothes in the office closet.  I finally got sick of going into my office to get my clothes, but more so, having my stuff in the office displaced the business supplies into the guestroom.  We finally decided to take action and last week we shared in this post how we tore down the wall closet and decided to make the whole adjacent room into a walk in closet with a vanity.  I’m in heaven.

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master closet renovation copy

master closet renovation

Over the past week we’ve ripped out the wall that made the 80’s wall closet, we’ve repaired drywall and we’ve installed a closet organization system from The Container Store. I’m not going to lie, I’m the kind of person who enjoyed every single second of putting together the organization system.  It was sheer bliss.  I got myself a glass of red wine in the evenings and just organized my little heart out. There is space for everything!  My clutches no longer get piled in a set of plastic drawers, my shoes are no longer in a boxes in my office shelving, and I’ll have a place to do my hair and make up without taking up residence in our single bathroom.

So, now our walls are repaired, we’ve painted everything a nice deep grey/brown – Martha Stewart’s Zinc from The Home Depot – and we’ve put our clothing in.  It seems like the end, but it’s not at all.  I’m just getting into the fun stuff.  I still plan to make a light fixture for overhead, create a vanity space, add some art, put up some window treatments, include a little seating space, and replace the 80’s carpet both in there and in our master bedroom.  So we’re only about half done.

We’re to the point where it’s user friendly, but could really use some decor.  I’m proud of what we’re accomplished so far and I’m even more excited to just keep going in the direction of my dreams.

What do you think so far?

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50’s Desert Glam: Mid Century Cali

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I am in the midst of getting myself ready for a long weekend in Palm Springs with a few other bloggers and some of my favorite people from Bing to spend some time being creative together and exploring the town.  Bing is going to be showing us all some new things they’ve got brewing and I’ll be sure to take careful notes to come back and share with you all!

I’ve never been to Palm Springs before, but I am so looking forward to it.  Partly because its been a tundra in the midwest all winter and I am ready to not be cold for the first time since last fall, and partly because I’m excited to be trying out somewhere new with a bunch of creative and amazing bloggers. It’s such an inspiring place to talk about design and learn new things.

Speaking of new things, when I think about Palm Springs, I always think of it as almost the exact opposite of my ‘comfort zone’ for design.  I’m mostly neutral, minimal, industrial and a little glam.  While Palm Springs is known for being over-the-top colorful and embraces everything mid-century. It has a 50’s desert glamour that is hard to describe. I would say the only thing about the style that aligns with mine is the desert part – it goes with my natural inclinations.

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When I look at photos of the Ace hotel in Palm Springs above, I begin to wonder if our styles aren’t such a big departure after all.  Natural textures are everywhere.  There are lots of warm neutrals – amber, rust, marigold, wood grain.  While the overall thought of Palm Springs isn’t necessarily minimal, the lines of mid-century designs sure are.  The Eames chairs, the clean stucco facades of buildings.

Now, the style of the town and the design that will surround me has me curious.  What inspiration will I find that will make it’s way back here to House of Earnest? Maybe a bunch, or maybe just a few little ideas.  I still don’t think I’d deck my house out in the Palm Springs style, but that’s why vacationing in it and being open to new design ideas will be so fun.

Tell me, is there a place you’ve been that’s opened your mind to a distinct style? Where was it?

 

 

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Late Winter Design Inspiration

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This time of year, I’m always looking forward to seeing hints of green starting to sprout up and more sunshine to start pouring through my windows.  I’m surrounding myself with natural elements, in bright, light colors to transition a bit into a springier frame of mind even though spring is still a little ways off.

Click on each individual picture to see the full article and enjoy this little design round up!

 

Black & White Abstract Art

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Whenever Matt goes out of town, I usually paint something.  That something is typically a room, and typically I’m slightly unsure he’ll agree with my color choice hence the call to action while he’s gone!

This weekend, I did a different sort of painting.  I wanted to relax a bit and had some movies I’d been wanting to see (Blue Jasmine & Life of Pi, both excellent), but I cannot do anything where my hands aren’t busy.  If I’m watching TV, I’m also crafting something or sketching or maybe folding clothes… something else so that I don’t feel like I’m rotting my brain glued to the tube.

Anyway, back to the painting.  I was inspired by some of the recent sharpie projects I’d seen on the interwebs.  Both Brittany and Caitlin went at recreating the classic Brunschwig & Fils Les Touches fabric, which is an abstract snow leopard-type print.  I loved what these girls did, but wanted a little more variation and customization in my designs.  I used the fabric as a jumping off point for inspiration, but varied mine quite a bit.  The outcome is a little bit natural (animal print) and a bit abstract.

les touches inspired paintings

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I hung the two paintings (which I’ve dubbed spotted I and spotted II) in my living room above a corner accent chair.  I am slowly trying to balance some of the simple, rustic, scandinavian touches in my home with the right bit of modern.  I think these paintings definitely help!

What are your thoughts on the paintings?  Different enough from the original?

ALSO, I am going to post a step be step tutorial later this week, so come back if you love them!

 

p.s.  My closet clean-out is going on over on the instagram account @erinsclosetcleanout – follow and bid on designer pieces that I’m (sadly) parting with after hoarding without use!

 

Navy Blue Details + Continuity

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It really is no secret that I’m in love with clean, neutrals in my house.  Light gray, brown, black, cream, and gold are definitely my thing.  When I introduced navy into my foyer last week, I LOVED the look and what the added color (even though navy is still pretty neutral) did to my color scheme.  I decided to add a little of the blue hue into my living room to help with the continuity of the color in the house.  Ceiling height navy silk drapes did the trick quite nicely. It’s the only change I made, but it was dramatic and certainly allowed the navy to travel around the house and not be a stark change.

navy living room details

navy blue family room

I used to have dark brown curtains in the space, then white… so I had a tiny bit of doubt if I’d like the darker color at all (wouldn’t it make the whole room look really dark?).  I can honestly say that I was pleasantly surprised with how the (new) whitewashed coffee table and the light levels of color throughout the rest of the room are better balanced because of the addition of navy.

What’s more, the navy drapes did the same thing for the living room that the navy walls did for the entry.  My sofa, pillows, and the Danish rush chair in my corner all pop off their new saturated background, adding quite a bit more dimension than I’d previously had in the room.

Do you try to link colors throughout your home? Tell me about how you do it!