Everything But the House – A Giveaway!

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It’s a wonderful Thursday, guys! I have a really fascinating giveaway to bring to you from Everything But the House.  I wanted to share this one with you guys because it’s new, unique, and it’s heavily concentrated in my area, although they do ship nationwide.

People always ask me where I shop for antique or unique odds and ends around Columbus, but truth be told, I don’t go to many stores, I mostly scour estate sales and garage sales.  Here is where Everything But the House comes in.  It’s an online estate sale with bidding/auction type style which I’ve found very fun. You can place your starting bid and the highest you’re willing to pay and then their system bids for you – within your price range.

So, onto the fun part!  Here are the items I’ve either recently won (Eee!) or am currently bidding on (fingers crossed!). Sometimes it’s hard to envision someone else’s stuff in a more modern or cool way when it’s surrounded but other pieces that aren’t your cup of tea, but just like at a real estate sale, you’ve got to look past the life the item used to have and look at how it could be.

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Grandiflora Fall 14 Collection is live!

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It’s here, it’s here!!  Finally, after so much waiting and anticipation (at least from my end), the Fall 2014 Grandiflora collection is live! Of course you all have seen the ‘behind’ the scenes photos of me preparing the product for this day since I showed you my photoshoot prep, the photoshoot in action, and some peeks from the shoot just last week.

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We have TWENTY new products which are all so special to me in their own ways. We have one more which is just late to the game and will be debuting later this week (there is always a straggler, right?).

Aside from the new styles, there are a couple of other new things this season (you’ll love these):  [Read more…]

A different kind of Beautiful

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I’m not gonna lie, I don’t consider myself a California girl.  Of the handful of times I’ve been here, I just haven’t felt like I really mesh with the culture.  I’m going to have to retract that now.  Yesterday I went to lunch at A-Frame with some friends, Kelly and Danni and we spent a few hours chatting and catching up.  After lunch, they guided me toward a couple of neighborhoods where I could wander and relax and I was in absolute heaven.

It wasn’t just the shopping and eating however (even though both were amazing). I actually wandered around in the residential streets and just house gawked. Since I’d spent all day (like 14 hours) on Saturday setting up and participating in the Pre-Emmy party (more on that later) I needed to get outside and breathe some non-club air and think about something other than the Emmy party for the first time in weeks.

I headed to the Venice area and wandered down Abbot Kinney.  Everything in the area was so close, I could wander aimlessly and not feel like I was getting lost.  As I was walking around, getting the cobwebs out of my brain I started to actually think, “I could live here!”

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Here is the thing… I have a penchant for white farmhouses and open fields, and while every region in our country has it’s own normal, I wasn’t super sold on the LA life until yesterday.  The little bungalows were so charming, their fences and gates only added to the whimsey.  There was such a beauty to the life I was wandering through that I couldn’t help but smile.  It reminded me of a very upscale hippy lifestyle which, if you know me in person, you’ll know that’s pretty much my dream.  This feeling only only compounded when I popped out of an alley in front of a natural foods store and popped in to get some milk to use in my hotel coffee this morning.

I just have to say that looking at those beautiful houses was just so lovely and calming.  It’s not the big barns and white fences that I’m used to, but it was just as gorgeous… just in a totally different way.

 

 

p.s. Ok, so the show.  I will detail the day on a later post!  I hired a photographer to capture all of the moments since I was busy rubbing elbows with Hollywood folk, I haven’t gotten my photos yet, but I’ll be sharing photos soon here and even sooner on Insta throughout the week as they’re given to me!

 

Summer Styling Series: The Bedside Table

It’s a big day around here!  The second House of Earnest styling video is live and I had so much fun creating this one.  I love styling my bedside table and change it up regularly.  Since it’s the first thing you see in the morning and the last thing you see at night, I know that if you enjoy the style, you’ll sleep (and awake) happy.

Of course, you can watch the video here on the site, BUT videos usually go live before I post here, so if you want to be on the up and up, go ahead and subscribe to my You Tube channel!  You’ll get all the videos and you’ll love them.  Promise.

Onto the bedside styling.  Function is so important here because you really need certain things at an arms reach when you’re in bed.  I usually find myself reaching for lotion (why do my hands get so dry at night?) and pens or markers.  At night, I read in bed and I like to write in my books… on Sunday mornings I like to sit in bed with coffee and mark all over pages of magazines for either House of Earnest or Grandiflora inspiration, so that’s the reason for the needed writing utensils in bed.  I don’t wear glasses or a retainer (although I should!), but I know a ton of people do, so my styling suggestions are totally catered to those of us who have a lot of bed-side needs.

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Of course, these are just the high notes, but I think if you had one of each of these elements in your bedside design, you’d be quite happy with the outcome. It will look pulled together without being cluttered.  That’s my kind of style.

I hope you learned something new and loved the video, you can tell that I was laughing a lot during the outtakes because sometimes I come on camera and I’m mid-laugh.  Really since I’m here all alone making them, I’m just laughing at my own ridiculousness or something totally stupid that I said and cut out.

Most important, have fun with your styling and I cannot iterate it enough, but, play around!  You’ll land on something that feels good and have a good style base that you can use over and over again.

Have a wonderful hump-day you guys!

 

Sources: Black wall Sconce | Gold Lamp | Herringbone Jewelry Dish | ‘fate loves the fearless’ art

Sharing: We’re also linked up today at The Turquoise Home!

Lately Loving: Chinoiserie

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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!

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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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