Lately Loving: Chinoiserie


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!

garden stool


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

bedside table lighting DIY

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.

diy sconces gold foil matte black sconces

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!  [Read more…]

Guest Bedroom Three Year Refresh

guest bedroom design

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.

spare bedroom design

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Summer Styling Series: Coffee Table Styling

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Styling little spaces around my home is my release.  If you come over to my house at any given point, chances are, things aren’t how you last saw them.  I have trouble leaving any surface alone and am constantly redesigning vignettes, swapping around furniture or changing out art.  This is something I most definitely learned from my mother who used to move around furniture all of the time while I was growing up.  While I can’t really move around the layout of my rooms (they’re tiny enough to where things really are where they are), I’ve taken to creating and styling surfaces and walls all around the house.

My styling process is a little hard to describe, but readers have asked enough times for me to share that I knew I’d have to show you my mindset and thought process while styling different areas of my house.  I started the series out my talking through the types and varieties of items I typically choose when styling.  Check out this post for full details! What’s more, I also made a video (my first with voice over, so be kind!) to outline a shorted version of how I arrived at my end result.

styling product breakdown

Don’t be afraid to get together a whole slew of accessories and swap them in and out until you like what you’ve got!  I never end up where I started when styling a surface, so be kind to yourself and give yourself some time to feel your way through the process.  If something isn’t quite right, but you can’t put your finger on what, then leave it for a few days and you’ll find yourself figuring out what looks and feels best to you.

Our next styling post (and video!) will be how to style a bedside table!  Subscribe to the House of Earnest channel to get the latest videos!

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Pinning Lately

house 1 house 2 Untitled-1 I’ve had a little thing for pinning gorgeous home exteriors lately.  It’s got me inspired to actually start thinking about the style of the house we plan to build one day and I think I have a very, very clear cut style! Modern Farmhouse anyone? More of these farmhouse revivals here!  Have a happy (and inspiring) Wednesday, everyone!   Sources: 1 | 2 | 3