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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. 

black home

I had a totally different post planned for today, but yesterday, I got a package in the mail and was like a kid in a candy store.  It was a packet of floor plans for the barn that we plan to build this year or next year and as I was looking through the photos I was drawn to the photos of barns that were painted dark, charcoal black.

So, I started obsessing over black exteriors on Pinterest and realized that if it was something I was being crazy about, then it’s something I should share here as well.

Black board and baton homes have been a bit of a trend lately which is why I struggle a bit with it, but at the end of the day, I still love it.  I went on a bit of a pinning spree and wanted to share a few of my favorites with you. 


Life in a 100+ year old farmhouse has it’s perks.  It also has it’s downfalls.  I’ve started sharing real stories about what living in a century-old house means in my column ‘The Farmhouse Files‘ and it’s not all parties and pretty renovations.

The summer is one of the times that a big drawback of farmhouse life is extremely exaggerated.  While you all see a lot of my outdoor entertaining, have you ever noticed that I rarely (if ever) host a party INSIDE during the summer months?  Well, that’s because there is a very – shall we say – stifling reason not to. 

Happy Friday, Friends!! I am elbow deep in flowers today for a big wedding and I am having so much fun with it!  I'm creating

tray chic coffee station

Raise your hand if you like coffee.  Now, raise your hand if you’ve ever been staying out of town with friends or family and you wake up and there is no coffee to be seen and you feel like such a creep poking around in their cupboards looking for some of the liquid gold trying not to make any noise? Yes, it’s happened to me too.

It is for this very reason that I make up a little coffee tray when I have visitors. Not only is everything in one focal area, but also people don’t have to sneak into my fridge wondering if I have milk or cream or sugar or whathaveyou.  There are two big reasons why I think making a coffee tray is a brilliant idea. 

life lately

Today, I’m heading back home from a wonderful weekend in Nashville and I find my fixating already on what needs to be done as soon as my feet pass through my door.  This coming weekend, I have the floral design for a big wedding and I (of course) want it to be perfect, which means that every moment from now until the moment the vases are picked up after the wedding, I’ll be anxious and preoccupied. I realized in this moment that I find it so hard to focus on anything other than the current job at hand… life included.

So, I sit here mentally preparing for the week, finding myself thinking past the wedding already.  Finding my mind hoping that I’ll get a chance to relax/settle down/focus on x,y, or z… as soon as this job is done.  I say to myself, “If I can just get through this week, things will be fine”.  It’s not just this wedding, however, it’s every big event or job in my life.  It’s the house next door that we have renters moving into in 3 weeks and it’s a wreck… or it’s the vacation that I have planned, or it’s the post that I have a deadline for.  I find myself jumping from deadline to deadline telling myself that it will all be alright once this deadline is past.  The most dangerous part about this mindset is that I’m wishing away time just to get through the next deadline and I’m missing life that’s occurring in-between.  



Hi! I’m Erin of Earnest Home co. It’s here that we share up-and-coming' products, tutorials, and gatherings which promote authentic, resourceful, and creative living. We are the new traditional.

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