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Hey there!  I'm glad you're here! Today, I am waffling over paint colors for my kitchen redesign and looking for the best creamy gray paint.  Yesterday,

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I’m going forward full force on this farmhouse kitchen redesign, and today I have the first little update for you all – the lighting! Not only did we update the main light and ceiling fan, but we also updated the light that is in the adjacent ‘sink room’.  Our sink room is a separate little room off the main kitchen.  Since our home was built in the late 1800’s, it wasn’t build with indoor plumbing and the room with the sink was added later down the road (you can get a better view of it in the photo below!).  Regardless, we have both lights replaced in today’s kitchen update! 

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(photo source: My Domaine)

In the several weeks since I shared this kitchen photo on ‘The List‘ it has not left my mind.  There is something about the kitchen that resonated so much with me, but I couldn’t put my finger on at the time. Now, after having some time to get more acquainted, I know exactly what it is about this design that draws me in.

It’s that the basics of this kitchen are identical to my own kitchen, but the details are what make it so strikingly new.

Dream kitchen has black cabinets.
I have black cabinets.

Dream kitchen has walnut floors.
I have walnut floors.

Dream kitchen has subway tile backsplash.
I have subway tile backsplash.

You get the picture.

What I started taking note of, were the few things it would take to transform my space into this dream space.  Drawer pulls, butcher block countertops, and a vibrant rug would really do it.  Of course, there are a few other extras that would make it even more exciting…

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This weekend, we started staking out plans for our next big project.  After we renovated and rented out the property next door, we lost the garage that we used as storage for Matt’s landscaping company.  I speak a lot about building a barn, which we need to act as an office for both of our companies, and a warehouse for my shop.  BUT with winter coming closer than we’d like to believe, a full scale barn wasn’t really in the cards for this year.  My inventory is at a warehouse space on the south side of the city, so it’s fine for now, but we still needed a place to house Matt’s landscaping equipment before winter rolled around.

Usually the things Matt wants to build are way more ‘out there’ than what I’d really like to put on my property and look at day in and day out.  But this was different.

southern france

I bet you have a guilty pleasure? Right?  I think it’s pretty normal.  For some of us it’s gossip magazines or bad reality TV.  For some of us, it’s cruising social media and for others its playing that one song on repeat in the car over and over again.

For me, it’s scouring international real estate listings. I search in all of the areas that are a romantic notion to me – Florence, Rome, Paris, Provence, and every now and then, Amsterdam. I dig into the sites, compare square meters, prices, if this one has a terrace or how close that one is to the city center. I speak about them and think about them like I’m really in the market.

diy industrial toilet paper holder

Ok, so I know toilet paper isn’t a glamourous topic.  And I suppose neither are the ceiling fans we discussed yesterday, but sometimes home design and ownership is about a little more than the pretty things and sometimes about the functional things as well.

For today, I wanted to share the industrial DIY toilet paper holder that I just made to complement my new bathroom redesign which I shared last week.  In the original photos I didn’t have a TP holder at all, because I was looking for something very specific. And that looking turned into a few weeks of web-scouring and coming up empty handed.  So I just kind of neglected the situation.  Well, I realized that ignorance wasn’t bliss and that just because I didn’t find that very specific thing, didn’t mean I couldn’t still have what I wanted.  I’d just have to make it. I was looking very specifically for a black holder with just an arm… no springs, no hinges, no reasons for someone not to refill them (I think you know where I’m going here).

As a side note, I’m not a huuuge fan of the ‘rustic industrial’ design (pipes and pallets and whatnot), but I also think that a little touch here and there can be nice when mixed with some more classic elements.  After scouring shops local and online for a black holder I found a few but they were all in the $50-$120 range.  I though that was a little ridiculous, so in came the DIY.  What is even better about this DIYs $12 price tag is the five minutes it took me to complete. 

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(photo + fan: Modern Fan)

Ceiling fans are the worst.  I have always hated them and up until this week, thought I always would.  When we moved into this house in 2007, I scoured the web for something that wasn’t hideous and ended up realizing that good-looking ceiling fans just didn’t exist.  There were companies trying to make better looking ones, but their better looking versions always ended up looking like spaceships.. so modern that they kind of missed the mark.

When this summer rolled around and we realized that we needed to replace our kitchen ceiling fan, I really really did some hardcore searching this time for the most non-ugly ceiling fans out there. I wasn’t going to settle for something that didn’t bring some sense of style into my house.  I realized pretty quickly, that there were a lot of good looking fans out there, but it was the lights that really either elevated the style or tanked it.  Some fans looked super modern until the light kit was added and then it all went downhill.

I found some fans that actually added something to the room rather than just sucking all of the beauty right out.  After I narrowed it down to seven of my favorites I let Matt weigh in.  Which one do you think we chose?

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Did you have a good weekend?  We had a fabulous time getting some downtime in after such a long several weeks of work.  I’ve been talking non-stop about all of the work we’ve been doing to the house next door to ours. For those of you just joining us, here is the back story.  Just a few short years ago, we purchased Matt’s Grandmas house (which was next door to our house) which she had lived in for seventy five years.  We did this so that we could both watch over her in her old age and also so that we could secure the land and keep it in our family for years to come. 

150 dollar bathroom refresh

It’s a very lovely Tuesday around Earnest Home co today.  I am smitten with my new bathroom design and even more excited that it took me under $150 and 3 hours for the whole transformation. After weeks spent renovating our rental property (which happens to be located right next door…) I’ve been feeling like our house was a little left out.  The crisp clean white walls over in the rental and wide open fresh start was reminding me how there are a few places in my own home that could use some serious sprucing up.

Every time I start planning to give our bathroom a facelift, however, something happens.  I start small (towels, shower curtain, accessories) and then keep adding on seemingly innocent extras (wall paint, mirror frame, light fixture, cabinet paint).  Then I think, “Well, if I’m taking everything down to paint, I might as well redo the tile”.  And then, before I know it, the small facelift idea has spiraled into the full renovation that I know is out of the question. So, I revert back to square one and do nothing.

I have to get over this ‘all or nothing’ mentality when it comes to decorating.  Rooms can be changed slightly and upgraded with time, right?  After all, my new slogan is ‘Progress, not Perfection”.  In my mind, there is no middle ground, and I’m trying to change that.  And change, for me, starts with this bathroom.

whitewash finish diy

Usually, in a good before and after post, I would show the ugly ‘before’ at the very beginning of the post and then tease with the promise of a stunning ‘after’, but this post is a bit backward.  I couldn’t bear to put the ugliness on the front page in this case, which I suppose makes me totally shallow, but I’m owning it.

I have had this very cheap teal trunk in my dining room for about 7 years.  I’m pretty sure I got it at Hobby Lobby or Michaels for about $50 back in 2008 when my dining room looked like this.  Every time I look at the trunk, I think about how much I hate it, but for whatever reason, I never felt compelled to do anything about it.  I kept thinking I’d just take it to goodwill, but the lack of another piece to put in that space rescued it every time.  Well… not this time… I have had enough. 

Outdoor lighting can be a little tricky, sometimes you feel like you're sitting in the dark and other times you feel like your yard is

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I don’t think I’ve ever talked with you guys before about my love for the Netherlands.  I love the Netherlands… Amsterdam, specifically.  I’ve been three times and could go back each year.  At one point I was searching for jobs there and still would be open to a move there if the opportunity presented itself. When I came across the absolutely gorgeous home of Danielle de Lange located outside of Amsterdam, it really pushed me over the edge.  Regardless of location, I would be hard pressed to find a more beautiful home.  This one checks off ALL the boxes for me… White? Check. Rustic? Check. Global? Check. Feminine, Minimal, and Natural? Check, check, check.

I can’t say enough about this place and all of the stunning touches.  It’s clear that Danielle has fabulous taste which also in showcased in her shop, Le Souk. Let’s dive into all of the details.