When you blog full time, you come to understand and really appreciate the original content other bloggers create, because you know first hand the incredible amount of work that goes into each post. Erin, of House of Earnest, may take the cake for the blogger who most consistently wows me when it comes to content (just check out her DIYs…). This girl does not quit! Add in the fact that she rocks a killer full time job at the same time, and well, you’ve got yourself a full on girl crush. I was so excited to ask Erin a few questions and get to know her better. Find out about her early morning methods for decompressing, the source of her endless inspiration, her go to karaoke songs, and more:
You currently live in Ohio. Have you always lived there? Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Columbus, but moved away to Nashville for college and then to Vail for a little ‘ski bum’ living after college. My husband and I moved back to Columbus to start our lives working in the ‘real world’ after our time in Vail and we’ve been here ever since. I love living in Columbus and would always consider it my ‘home base’, but do hope to experience some other places in my life as well.
Not only do you run a blog full time, you work full time! What is your day job like? How do you balance the two?
I do… It’s so difficult since… my hours are very long (12+ hour days) and I travel to Southeast Asia or India every other month or so. I really have to prepare my blog posts ahead of time and will spend a whole weekend cranking out posts to stagger during my travels. Although it’s exhausting, I absolutely love what I do (product development/design for an apparel company), and I love to travel, so I haven’t yet considered giving it up. I don’t balance it well. I work at all hours and spend every off hour photographing something or working on the blog. I need to get better at this, but I’m not quite sure how I’ll do that yet.
India and Asia- what exciting travel! What’s your favorite place you’ve visited outside the country?
It’s really hard to pin point a favorite because every trip has something that I love – I have great friends in Hong Kong, so I don’t have to be on lockdown in my hotel like I am in some cities. In India, the food is phenomenal, so I just eat as much as I can take. In Italy, it’s all awesome, but to say Italy is my favorite wouldn’t give enough credit to my love for Amsterdam. I love the Dutch culture, the cobblestone streets, gorgeous flowers, phenomenal pancakes, and all of the bikes! I’d say that Italy is my favorite place to visit, but I could live in Amsterdam.
You have an incredibly knack for simple yet utterly brilliant DIYs. How do you dream up these projects?
I literally dream them up. I’m not going to lie, they just come to me. When the ideas don’t flow for a while, I start to panic and so I have to get away from the everyday, clear my mind, and let the ideas seep in. Maybe it’s like DIY meditation?
You and your husband have done incredible things to transform your home. Did you always have a knack for interior design and home renovation?
Always. I used to move my bedroom around all of the time when I was little. It was my favorite thing to do when my parents went out for the night. In college, I might have been the only person at that school who decided that a chandelier would be much better than the dreary overhead, so I swapped it out. I am blessed that my husband lets me do basically whatever I want to the house, because my methods can involve some trial and error!
What’s your morning routine like?
My husband and I take alternate days letting the dog out in the morning since that person has to get up earlier. When I have dog duty, I take her out, make a pot of coffee, get in the shower while the coffee is brewing and then enjoy a cup while my hair air-drys and I evaluate how the day is looking – put the finishing touches on blog posts, social media, email, calendars, etc. Then I make up my face, pour myself another cup of joe and drive to work by 8am.
What’s your evening routine like?
Both my husband and I work pretty late so we are very used to eating between 9-10pm. I get home around 8-8:30pm and start dinner right away, but I don’t make easy dinners. I love trying new things, taking my time and that usually involves something kind of elaborate. We talk and drink wine while I cook to catch up on the others day. Then we eat sitting on the floor in front of the coffee table. If I have a blog post to write for the following day, I’ll start it after dinner, but for the most part, I do a lot of the work on weekends, so the weeknight work is minimal.
Three products you can’t live without:
A good set of hot rollers (I do this everyday to my air-dried hair), My weekly/monthly planner (I’m a paper person despite my techy life), and my Nikon DSLR. It’s made a world of a difference in my blogging.
TV Addictions… and go: Homeland, Dexter, Modern Family. Luckily, they’re all on different seasons, because I only have time to watch one show!
Guilty pleasures: Red Wine and LOTS of home decor mags.
How do you decompress?
The best time for me to decompress is before the day starts. I love to wake up early on the weekends and sneak downstairs to drink a cup of coffee and read through some magazines or get my calendar sorted out. This makes me feel like I’m starting the day inspired and organized. After a bad day at work, I also like to drive home with the windows down and a cheerful song playing that I can sing to. You can’t be upset while you’re singing.
What’s something most readers wouldn’t know about you?
I used to take voice lessons and LOVE to karaoke. I totally get my fix while I’m in China! My preference is toward Dolly Parton or Abba songs.
Thanks, Erin! It’s always refreshing to hear about someone else who’s still trying to figure out how to balance it all. And, oh yeah, we’re Abba fans too Head over to House of Earnest now to drool over all of Erin’s fabulous work.