Decorate for the Holidays + A giveaway with Loom Decor!

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When it comes to decorating for the holidays, I always try to incorporate the color palette that I’m using on my tree and trimmings into the rest of my house.  This also give me an opportunity to branch out of my very regular neutral palette.

This year, I worked with Loom Decor to curate look inspired my the House of Earnest style.  You guys know my living room is mostly neutral, so I went to work pouring through the 400+ fabrics and patterns offered by Loom Decor.  The look I designed to go with my year-round decor, but also to reflect the cozy, rich colors of Christmas.

Houndstooth pattern, glimmering metallic linen, and a gorgeous nature inspired print all support my current palette of gold, navy, and cream while adding in a bit of interest for the holiday season – not to mention additional seating for all the guests who stop by! I always love adding in throw pillows for seasonal shifts, but this year, adding in some big floor poufs is also high on my list.  For people like us to host often you’ll love what floor poufs do for your space and you can tuck them under the coffee table when not in use.

What’s best is that I can store away the red and the rest of the collection goes phenomenally in a neutral space year-round.

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House of Earnest Curated Collection:  Red Houndstooth Pillow  |  Gold Lumbar Pillow  |  Gold and Navy Colorblock Pillow  |  Navy Houndstooth Pillow  |  Pantheon Pouf  |  Houndstooth Pouf

My very favorite Pantheon fabric above (the leaves/animals) is usually only available to the trade, but with Loom Decor you make products with designer-only fabrics, so that is a bonus for us non-designers. Make your own styles with loads of designer fabric options, price points, allowing anyone to decorate like a pro.

Why do I tell you all of this?  Because YOU have an opportunity to jazz up your holiday (or non-holiday) space with some textiles as well.  Loom Decor is generously offering $200 to one House of Earnest reader!  Pretty nice, right?

Enter your email address below to be entered! A winner will be chosen next Thursday!  Or you can click HERE to access the giveaway.


Want more giveaways?  We are also running a CUSTOM CHRISTMAS CARD GIVEAWAY with Art of Michelle!  Click HERE for entry info!

 

Disclosure:  This giveaway is sponsored by Loom Decor.  We are so grateful for their generous giveaway and hope you are too!

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Fresh Colonial Christmas: The Entryway

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Welcome to the second stop in our holiday home.  On Monday, we showcased our porch, complete with some primitive, rustic touches that were inspired by a recent trip to Colonial Williamsburg and the theme continues as you enter the house.  The entryway is really the most decorated place in our home (besides the tree) because it’s visible from the kitchen, the bar, the living room, and the stairs.

The open white bannister offers the perfect place to really go wild and that’s exactly what I did.

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I begun the entire transformation with loads of greenery.  This was important because our stairwell doesn’t have an electricity source, so usually my garlands aren’t lit, but this year they are!  The Martha Stewart LED garland (available at the Home Depot) is battery operated!  I really lucked out finding it.  It’s a bit pricey, but if you (like me) had been wanting to light up a certain spot in you house, you’re gonna love it!

Deep, generous swags on the garlands makes the whole stairway look lush and plentiful.  Magnolia leaves, dried whole oranges, faux apples, and real pomegranates punctuate the peaks of the greenery.  A cinnamon and dried orange garland swags between the greens and adds a wonderful smell!

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A few changes to my regular gallery wall – adding in winter photos and draping a sheepskin over my usually polka dotted chair add a touch of coziness.

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The monogram wreath was one of my favorite (and easiest!) projects I did in the entryway.  The full tutorial will be up next week!  Keep reading for tons (literally, there are 16) more photos that show all of the detail and feelings I was trying to evoke in this room.   [Read more…]

Fresh Colonial Christmas Porch

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Happy December!  I’m so excited to finally be sharing the start of our holiday decorating.  Last month, I revealed the Colonial style theme that was inspiring my decor this year due to a recent trip to Williamsburg.  I was intrigued by the dried fruits, natural berries, and loads of greenery used to decorate the historical town.  I shared an interview with Liza, a wonderfully knowledgable woman who inspired my decor decision.

It was really important to me to make damn sure that although I’d be channeling a throwback, historical style, my decor would have no similarities to that ‘country’ style you see at Christmas craft shows.  In order to keep the historical visions from getting too country, I made sure to keep the decorations as natural as humanly possible and interjected touches of classic Christmas style.  To get this all done, it made perfect sense for me to partner with the one person I feel exudes country style in a very upscale way – Martha Stewart. I worked with her team to find just the right garlands and greens that matched up with my colonial theme.

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I started with a foundation of lots of lush greenery using Martha Stewart Alaskan Spruce greenery (available at The Home Depot) because it looks the most ‘real’ with a lighter green/gray color. It already had the pinecones included, so that was one less thing that made the list of embellishments needed.  I’ve spoke about this before, but it’s really important to me not to start from scratch each year and to utilize what I have at home to get the perfect look.  Starting out with good greenery means that I can change up my embellishments year after year without spending a ton of money every Decemeber.  Getting just the right balance of natural and festive decor for my greens was easy with a few key elements.  Keep reading for all of the steps, sources, and tons more photos! Also, we have a HUGE announcement as well at the way at the bottom of the post!   [Read more…]

Two Step Back Porch Revamp

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For whatever reason, I always decorate the front of my house, but never the back door.  The reason this is odd to me is that the back door is the one people use.  I know the only person who steps foot on my front porch is the UPS guy.  Even the FedEx guy knows to come to the back!

With holiday guests coming into town this week, I wanted to jazz up the back just a bit to make it feel welcoming and autumnal, but I didn’t have much time to work with.  I wanted to start with my old lanterns which were galvanized (silver), so against a grey house, they just disappeared.  I’d been eyeing some beautiful copper lanterns from Terrain and thought that I could stave off the inner desire to spend over $300 on new lanterns by painting my old ones.

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Although I realize that they don’t quite look identical, I did manage to save some money and get an almost instantaneous change by just using some ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape and hammered copper spray paint.  A few flowers and some colorful leaves that I stole from the neighbors yard, and we were visitor ready. See the ugly ‘before’ and then what a difference 30 minutes made next!

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Holiday 2014 Theme: A Colonial Christmas

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It’s that time!  I know we still haven’t had Thanksgiving and I’m usually very very strict about posting Christmas ideas until after Turkey day, but I just can’t resist this year.  Partially because I’m so excited about my theme and partially because I may have already decorated some (guilty!) and am just too excited to wait.

You all know that I have a somewhat historic home.  It’s historic in the sense that it was built forever ago, but with all of the generations of updates and upgrades, it can hardly be considered in historic shape.  I’ve always had a bit of a struggle to decorate the nineteenth century home in a way that doesn’t feel, well, old.  For this reason, I’ve always stuck with a neutral and sparkly decor palette.  There is something about the neutral palette at Christmas, however, that can seem underwhelming.  When ‘Good King Wenceslas’ or ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ wafts over the speakers, I wish my home was decked with everything decedent and richly colored with bountiful cakes and sugared fruits adorning my table and mulled wine drunk from pewter.  Isn’t it funny how just a song can put you in a certain frame of mind?

So, this year, I’ve decided to succumb to the deep rooted desire of my home to be dressed in old world holiday cheer.  And where else would I look for inspiration that to Colonial Williamsburg.  You know how I absolutely loved my trip there this fall and I was so intrigued by their holiday traditions, that I wanted to use the colonial decor as my framework.

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I had a general idea for how I wanted to take the decorations, but I wanted more information on the how and why behind style, so I reached out to Liza Gusler, the licensing manger for Colonial Williamsburg’s product line, who was so welcoming and informative during our trip in October. I am using her guidance and advice as the basis for our decor, and I was shocked by some of her insights!  We asked her some of the burning questions we had about the history of the holiday in Colonial times and loved hearing her insights!  It’s a long-ish interview, but it will definitely frame how we decorate and give a little insight into some of our current traditions!   [Read more…]