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A while back, my good friend, Lacey, showed me this gorgeous wallpaper that she'd spotted on West Elm's blog, Front & Main.  She'd contemplated

laundry reno - before

I let you guys know that just last week, I began the transformation of my laundry room.  I wanted it to go from downright disgusting and cramped to a place where I didn’t have to rewash if a wet sock fell onto the floor (before I would have immediately placed anything that touched that floor back into the washer).

I shared my inspiration, but what I didn’t share is that this post comes complete with the opportunity for you guys to win a $500 Home Depot giftcard exclusive to House of Earnest readers AND the chance to enter to win a $5000 laundry room giveaway from the people at Tide, Maytag, and The Home Depot.  Amazing, right?   For the $5000 laundry room reno sweepstakes and for a sneak peak at Jenny Komenda’s tips for a successful laundry room redesign, click here!  For the House of Earnest exclusive $500 giveaway, there are entry details at the bottom of the post!

laundry room renovation DIY quick easy

laundry room renovation

Ta-da!  I am in love.  I took my inspiration pretty verbatim.  I wanted something clean and soothing with a little bit of drama, and everything from floor to ceiling needed replaced.  I mean everything.

I choose a dark color for the walls which is balanced out by so much white trim and the beadboard. Very straight-forward shelving which holds way more than you’d ever expect, and new light fixture and flooring rounded out the reno.  We busted out this bad boy in just 7 hours and $300.  Can you believe it?  Keep on reading for more photos, complete breakdown, and giveaway details.

  High summer means soaring temps and sizzling nights. The best color to keep you cool during the day, but maintain amazing summer style is

I have something to admit to you guys.  I've been totally holding out on you.  I've posted so many updates to my house, including

I saved this photo of a little breakfast nook a while ago and keep looking back at it and what I focus on every

For years I couldn't quite put my finger on what made my framed photos and gallery walls look, well, bad. I thought that blowing

I love finding a good home that mixes comfort and style.  The super tight color palette in this Swedish home helps it to be

DIY lucite bookends

You all know by now my difficulty to adopt too much color into my life and my house.  I made these amazing bookends earlier this year and although I love them, they won’t do in every room in my home.  I needed something sleeker, neutral.  I dreamt up these acrylic and gold bookends and after making them, I like them more that I ever anticipated.

These bookends totaled out at around $9 for the whole thing and boy are they cute!

DIY acrylic bookends

diy acrylic bookend

They’re minimal and chic, let the books show off their colors, and are so easy to make.  Here’s the full tutorial and material list. 

style stories 1

A very exciting new site launches this week, Our Style Stories is run by Hilary Walker, an interior designer out of Dallas, Texas, and is compiled of snippets of peoples’ lives that show the connection between their style and the story behind it.

Here is a fun sneak peek that has yet to go live on Our Style Stories.  This feature of Nashville creative, Carina Pearson will go live on Our Style Stories this Thursday with an audio interview of this graduate student living the creative life on Friday.

style stories 2

I love having insight into the lives of other creatives,

When I revealed my new home bar last week, I listed new art as one of my needed updates to the space. I had

I'm always switching things up here and there in my house, changing colors, or swapping out pieces that are old (mostly from my post

Every so often an artist or shop comes along that really blows me over.  The art and design of Lauren Alison is one of

So often, I think bloggers write about this or that crazy expensive product that we'll never actually buy, loving a new thing over here,

white linen

I’ve heard multiple people talk about the sport (or art) of surfing and how going with the wave – riding it where it takes you – is key to being a successful surfer. We cannot try to fight it, because it’s so much bigger and holds so much more power than anything we posses. Now, I don’t surf, but in other aspects of life, at what point do we stop fighting certain constants and just ‘ride the wave’?

I am going to make a silly comparison, but, hear me out. 

ONE stacked sea urchin lamp from Horchow $275 TWO Nate Berkus for Target crab figurine $15 THREE seahorse salad servers from World Market, $20