How to: Turn an Unscented Candle into a Holiday Scented One

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I love a good holiday scent – specifically anything Christmas Tree related – spruce, fir, whathaveyou. I find, however, that with the bajillion of candles that I have in this house, there is just no need to add more.  So I’ve developed a little trick to turn the plain votives that I use so much into scented candles.

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Years ago, I bought a Balsam & Cedar home fragrance oil for about $5, but realized that burning it straight was a little overwhelming, so that is when I developed this little trick.  I simply add the oil to drugstore epsom salt and surround a plain glass votive with the salt. Then, when the plain candle burns, it warms the salt, giving off a much more subtle scent than just the straight oil in an oil burner.

Not only do you use less oil, but then you don’t have to buy a burner!  I’ve told you guys how many of my DIYs stem from being super cheap! See the step by step photo directions below.  [Read more…]

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Christmas Mantle Styling Video

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Guys!  I haven’t done a video in so long!  I have been wanting to do so many, and each time I’m shooting a DIY, think about how great it would be as a video, but to be quite honest, they’re so much work and take days of shooting and editing.  Since my team consists of just me and one four legged furry friend, the amount of time they take just aren’t worth the effort, even though I really love doing them.  So, I shot this mantle styling video and I thought that even if it were a bit more raw, maybe you guys would still like it.  Since I spent less time on editing, there is actually much more random commenting and more of my thought process involved, which might me nice as well.

I’ve used our Magnolia Garland in the video and have been adhering to our very own House of Earnest take on a Colonial holiday theme!

Enjoy the video and definitely give me your thoughts on if you’d like to see more videos (even if they aren’t super cutesy and edited) or if you prefer the photo step-by-steps!

Happy Friday, all!  Have a great holiday weekend!

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!

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…]