Secrets + Life in Print

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We definitely had some exciting news this weekend, our home and our lives as Grandiflora owners are featured in 614 Magazine. It’s a wonderful article about how path to living in this home and the history of its life before we moved in.

To tell you all a secret, even with the rich history of this home, our time in this house is limited.  We’ve made improvements and renovations, but all were with the understanding that we wouldn’t be here long-term.  Some of the changes we made were cosmetic, just to get us by living in a place we loved living.  Other changes were totally functional.  We needed to replace a beam under the kitchen floor and put on a new roof. We love this house and it’s such a big part of the family (read the article for more on that!) So what’s the plan? [Read more…]

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Home (Bar) Improvement

home bar

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 college apartment). I liked having a classic console table as a bar in my home, but the drawers were starting to break and it didn’t have nearly enough storage for my (ever growing) glassware collection.  I had my eye on a bar from West Elm, still a very class dark walnut wood color, but with a more modern shape and loads of space. It’s $599 online but in the store it was on sale for $479 – score!

bar before and after

west elm bar pulp home knobs

pure home knobs

Although I did love the bar as-is, I felt that a little feminine flair was in order.  I added these starburst pulls from Pulp Home for the perfect little touch.  I also changed up the lamp with a light white sculptural one to contrast the darkness of the little hall.

I’m very happy with the swap.  I still have two more things on my list for this room, one being to update the art and the second being to change the wall color.  I’d LOVE to use this wallpaper, but might try to do a paint technique that looks like the paper instead.

Do you like the change? Any changes around your house lately?

Minted Master Bedroom Art

bedroom art - minted

After updating our bedroom sconces a couple of weeks ago, I was on the lookout for some art to go above the headboard.  With the shelves on both sides and small space of the wall, I didn’t want anything to big or busy.

I usually think of Minted for paper party goods and invitations, but I realized that the same community of designers that create the invites make art too.  I found something simple and unique by graphic designer Annie Clark and featured it in a frame that has a large matting for a little more white space.

bedroom art

master bedroom art

 

I knew I wanted my bedroom to have a curated library look, but still be airy and calming.  I think I’m getting closer!

If you get a chance, look at all of the amazing art on Minted… It was pretty hard for me to make a decision, there were so many great runner ups!

Media Shelving Update

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In our living room, we had initially created a console out of pallets for our media components and although I loved the idea, after switching to a new receiver and new electronics, they didn’t fit into the openings in the homemade console.  I’ve been on the hunt for something that was unique and had some height to it. Everything else in the living room sits lower and creating contrast in height and leading the eye up was my goal.

I finally found something that I liked, and the bonus was that it was only $70 from Ikea.  I didn’t expect to find something there that had a more unique look to it, but I found that the basic, cubic look of these metal and glass shelves, dressed up with metallic and neutral accessories made all the difference.

media shelving diptych - House of Earnest shelving - 2

It fits all of the media components perfectly and allows for enough storage for my books and accessories to be displayed. The shelves provide a great mix of modern and vintage casual when mixed with the other pieces in my living room.

I’ve actually been thinking of this little nook in my house the whole time I’ve been traveling and I’m excited to get back home and play with it a little more, adjusting some of the decor and maybe adding a pop of color.

What do you use to corral your electronics?  Do you like the change from rustic industrial pallet to the cleaner glass shelves?

Heavy Lifting

flagstone patio DIY

We spend the better part of this weekend working on our back patio.  With a winter storm moving in (really?) it was a race to get as much settled as possible before the snow started to fall.  I can’t say that I’ve done that much hard labor in a long time.  Most of my more intense projects are manned by my husband, Matt, while I take care of the stylistic part of things (painting, sanding, cleaning, etc).  In this case, since the puzzle that is a flagstone patio had a lot to do with an eye for fitting the stones together, I really had to be involved.  It was nice to get outside for a bit after a long winter and I learned a lot in the process.

flagstone how-to

patio progress 1

Last weekend, Matt had rented a bobcat to dismantle our previous patio, which I posted photos of on Instagram (@houseofearnest), and dug out the four inch foundation.  Gravel and sand were delivered and spread and my dad (an engineer) came over to help with the all important task of leveling.  Saturday morning we were ready for the exciting part – the flagstone!  I ordered sandstone because it had a very smooth and somewhat sparkly surface while other varieties were a little more rough and matte.

We finished by shoveling more of the sand over top of the stone and sweeping it in all of the cracks.  As more and more settling occurs over the next couple days, we’ll sweep more sand into the cracks to ensure that everything is snug!

I confess, this is just a tiny sneak peek of the finished patio – obviously before any landscaping. I am participating in the Home Depot Patio Style Challenge this year and will debut the finished patio next month for the challenge! Are you excited? I am.

My back, arms, and legs are definitely feeling the effects of a weekend filled with hard work (some of the stones were over 75 pounds!) so I might be a bit slower getting around these next few days, but it’s a good thing that doesn’t affect my typing fingers!

I hope you got some good things done this weekend! Isn’t it so satisfying?