This room was recently added on to the home of this family of five as an office and sort of play/extra room. Its a great little space with beautiful built-ins and lovely natural light from some french doors which unfortunately I did not capture in these before pictures. The family wanted it to be functional and organized but also stylish since it can be seen almost as soon as you walk into the house. They love color and this add-on needed to flow well from the living room it is connected to. A few other things you should know about this family- they have a four year old, two year old twins, have done a lot of world traveling, and the wife (my friend) is an extremely talented photographer! They already had this great chair and knew they wanted to use the storage for some decorative things and a lot of their kids’ books. There were a few little blank walls and while her kids do play in here since it is just off the living room, we didn’t want to go too “play-room” with it, and decided for a more family friendly feeling. I’ll be back later this week to show you the results, I think it turned out great. Thanks for reading, hope you have a lovely Monday!
Archive | March, 2015
It is such an honor to be involved in the ministry that goes on at this center. It is also a challenge. They want bright and light but not cutesy or overly cheery. Many of the girls and women that come through these rooms have been through a lot. I want it to be a place of welcoming and belonging, without any pretense; nothing too bubbly, or overly put together.
Some of this will still be tweaked as I shop and things get ordered. Paint will happen soon and we’ll set the date for the install. I will definitely share more of the process and of course pictures when its finished!
Do you have an Ikea close to you? I don’t like to peruse much because it can be pretty overwhelming, especially when I try to take my kids, but I now have some tried and true favorites that I have depended on over and over again. Head straight for the downstairs warehouse area (or online) and go right for these- they will not fail you!
I’ve mentioned them before but hands down, my favorite curtains are the Ikea Ritvas.
The website picture really doesn’t do them justice, but they come in 98″ and 118″ long and range from $25-$35. They hang so nicely and you really cannot beat the price for that length. I really prefer to hang my curtains as long as possible- from ceiling to floor. That can be expensive with custom fabric, which is why I tend to use Ikea curtains. Hang them with a nice thick, dark curtain rod for contrast and they are just beautiful.
Another favorite that I use quite frequently is the Ikea Ribba frame. It has a modern look to it- no beveling, and comes with a matte. Only $10 for an 8×10. They also come in a big square and other smaller sizes. They are great to mix and match with other frames you may already have. I have them all over my home, here are just a few spots.
The Eivor throw blanket is a great one for a classic black and white stripe. Who doesn’t love black & white? It goes with almost everything. I use this blanket along with this pillow (The Lappjung Ruta) quite frequently (for myself and clients) because they are just so fun and graphic but don’t require a lot of color commitment.
As for furniture, I have a few go-to favorites. I pretty much love anything from the Hemnes line. Most of it is real wood and they have simple but clean moldings that make them look a little nicer than your typical Ikea furniture pieces. You do have to put everything together for yourself, but that’s how they are able to keep prices so low. They come in some great colors. We have a dresser and some bookshelves from this line.
Finally, the shelf formerly known as the Expedit. When I heard they were discontinuing the Expedit, I nearly cried. Seriously. We have two of these, and I recommend them to friends and clients all the time. It is the most versatile, useful, and inexpensive piece of furniture I have ever owned. But then I found out they just updated and renamed it! So cry no more, my friends! May I introduce, the new and improved Kallax.
It comes in several different size configurations and colors now! So fun. It can be turned vertically or horizontally and there are so many choices of canvas and woven baskets that fit perfectly in the squares for storage. We have one in my oldest son’s room and one in our entry way. Both of ours are white, which actually I still think I would choose if I bought them now just because of the versatility.
It can be grown up or kid friendly. Create more storage in a closet, or dress it up with some matching lamps in a foyer. You can even put legs on it and make it tall enough to be a changing table in a baby’s room. The opportunities are endless!
Is there anything at Ikea that you love? What would you add to this list? I’d love to hear!
“All beauty is only reflection. And whether I am conscious of it or not, any created thing of which I am amazed, it is the glimpse of His face to which I bow down. Do I have eyes to see it’s Him and not the thing?” Ann Voskamp.
With all my talk of beauty here lately, my search for beauty, my eyes scanning the images of Instagram, Pinterest, and the big wide world of blogs, this quote from Ann has lodged itself in my brain. Am I remembering the purpose of it all? He created beauty. It all came from Him. Why does a room with a few glowing lamps feel so inviting? What is it about symmetry? Bringing the outdoors in? Texture, color, contrast? I know that styles and trends change but there is something universal about it all, isn’t there?
Everything here is a shadow, a foretaste, a glimpse in a hazy mirror. A reflection, like Ann said. When we experience joy, relish in gratitude, happen upon beauty that is so overwhelming, is it not just a reflection of a greater and more fulfilling Beauty?
Another inspiration of mine, Christy Nockels, wrote on her website shortly after her home was featured in Better Homes & Gardens, “What a gift to share my home, all to the glory of Jesus. My prayer was that every dot would be connected back to Him…the conversation, the sense of rest, the music I played, the food I served, the laughter, and even our dogs roaming around bringing smiles to everyone’s faces. All of it somehow reflecting the creativity of my Creator.”
That’s it, that’s the Beauty & purpose… “every dot connected back to Jesus.” Lord, may it be so, from the Ikea curtains, to the laundry piles, the gallery walls, and the Saturday morning pancakes. Every dot.
Thanks for reading, Happy Monday.
We still have pictures to hang and some accessories to add in, but this room in The Montgomery House is well on its way! Since I have two boys of my own, I love doing little boy rooms. Take a mix of plaids, stripes, textures, some different metals & wood, plus add in some antlers for this hunting family, and you’ve got a man-child room with lots of space to play. The colors aren’t match-matchy so toys and stuffed animals fit right in. We’ve got some storage on the other side of the room that you can’t see here but will be perfect for this little guy’s books and toys and it will all grow with him. Can’t wait to show you more once its finished!
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Hello there! Sorry, today I’m posting the darkest picture ever (but before pictures are supposed to be bad, right?).
This is my friend’s guest room. Her style is so bright and fun and colorful, but of course we all have those rooms that just sort of get neglected. When its the guest room that you rarely use it doesn’t really matter! Her in-laws were coming to stay in just a couple of weeks though so we needed to do something quick to perk up this room and make it a more welcoming space.
Here’s the plan we came up with:
She had the walls painted gray and we used my favorite Ikea Ritva curtains on the windows. Floor to ceiling- makes a big big difference! Since we were short on time and wanted to make the most of the budget (don’t we always want to make the most of our budget??) we decided to keep all existing furniture and just update the bedding. We also added some bright & meaningful art, including several pieces done by her kids! We found new lamps, and added in a graphic rug. The result, I think, is a whole lot of fun! We’re calling it The Love Shack, you’ll see why. 🙂
Their sweet little dog was just hanging out here the whole time Paul was shooting. Seems like she thinks its a cozy little room!
It doesn’t take a huge budget or even a huge overhaul to make a big difference. What’s that one room in your house that needs a little LOVE? 🙂
Sharing my sweet baby number three’s nursery today…
Books are probably my favorite thing to decorate with. You’ll see I use them in most rooms I do. It’s an easy way to add color that’s not matchy-matchy and they just make a room feel alive- not like a showroom house, like a real home where people read and learn and live!
We DIYed the pelmets and hung Ikea curtains with blackout liners behind them. It’s been the perfect solution for those big windows and arches over the windows. This room gets DARK during the day.
The song 10,000 Reasons, by Matt Redman, was really special to us around the time I was pregnant with Will. It felt like the perfect thing for over his crib. And I wanted it to be a reminder for me when those inevitable early mornings and sleepless nights came… “whatever may pass and whatever lies before me, let me be singing…”
The ship painting below I found in a little antique store in downtown Houston. It was painted by the dealer’s father and there’s a little story about him taped to the back of the canvas! The Lego W was made by Will’s big cousin.
I removed the other more useful but not so pretty items for the pictures- like the monitor, the sound machine (those things are heaven-sent!!), the diaper genie, and the multitude of pacifiers everywhere, but of course we have those things too. Below, you can find a list of more resources.
Paint color: Dover Gray, Dresser : Ikea Hemnes, Rocker: Pottery Barn Kids, Pouf: Amazon, Rusty W: Found in Round Top, TX, Shelves & book racks: Ikea, Lamp: Hobby Lobby, Curtains: Ikea, Pelmets: DIY with black linen from JoAnn’s Fabric, Canvas Art: DIY of some of our favorite song lyrics, Rug: Joss & Main, Round table & Basket: Found at HomeGoods
Thanks for reading! Happy Weekend!