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A Textured, Graphic Living Room {After}

Monday, I shared with you the before pictures (see that post here if you missed it).  Now, today, the finished product!

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One side of that little entryway is now all chalkboard.  Here’s the other side (all of this is sitting on a white Ikea Kallax):

The House Of Figs - Kraus Haus Small_9wmBelow is the little office area and you can see the piece we found to hold the TV equipment. It fits perfectly in that spot next to the fireplace. We added a small rug for some texture, and changed out the chair for something more neutral.

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The House Of Figs - Kraus Haus Small_0wmThe big change in here, besides some rearranging and the new tables, is the new pillows and the gallery wall.  If you’ll remember from before, she had several patterned pillows that were colorful, but every pillow had a similar shape, size, and the fabric itself had a similar shape and size to the pattern.  When mixing patterns and pillows, its best to choose only a few colors and then change up the patterns and textures.  You’ll see we have some larger patterns, a small stripe, a large stripe, that big black and white pattern, and then some solid pillows too, one of which has some big buttons and a chunky texture.  To add back in color, I like to use things like magazines, books, and even photographs and maps which we put in the gallery wall.  This helps to keep it from looking matchy-matchy.

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The House Of Figs - Kraus Haus Small_4wmI’m excited to say this client has invited me back and I’ll be working on another project for them soon.  I love their home and their taste & style.  Looking forward to it and of course I will share it with you all! As always, thank you so much for reading! <3

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A Textured, Graphic Living Room

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This living room had all the bare bones, it just needed a little pulling together. As you can see, she already had a great rug, some great neutral couches, and a lovely color on the wall. They had experimented with some different patterns on the pillows and knew they wanted more pattern and a little bit of color. I felt like we just needed some more texture and varying/contrasting patterns to make it work.

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I love that gray pouf she already had!  And the little office nook area below is just lovely!  That little blue piece below is housing all of the equipment for the TV which is above the fireplace, but not pictured. We needed a better solution that felt more to scale for that little tricky spot.IMG_8525

We also worked on this little foyer area just off the living room.  Its not really a foyer, but just an entry into the living room.  Below is the moodboard with a mix of ideas I had just for this little special spot…including my favorite little Ikea Kallax!

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I’ll be back later this week with the after pictures!

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A Playroom {After}

Several weeks ago I shared with you the moodboard of a playroom I was working on.  You can see that post here. Today I’m happy to share with you the finished room!

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We created several different zones with words on the wall- Read, Play, and Create.  It turned out to be a fun and functional space for her kids to hang out!  The House Of Figs Playroom

The House Of Figs - Stewart Playroom_3 Small WM The House Of Figs PlayroomPictured below: Yes that is totally a floor lamp, but I am LOVING it sitting on that Ikea Kallax.  The scale is perfect and its just quirky and fun.  Its something she already had and when we had it on the floor, it was in the way of those big beautiful windows and just looked wimpy.  On the Kallax it went. Quirky and whimsical works in a playroom!

The House Of Figs - Stewart Playroom_2 Small WMThe Shel Silverstein pages framed in the “Read” area was all my client’s idea.  How fun is that?? I have always loved Shel Silverstein.  Such a great concept and goes so well in this little spot.

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The House Of Figs - Stewart Playroom_5 Small WMI want to point out to you the frame around the thermostat.  That was another idea and find by my client.  She’s so creative!  Its so fun and makes the thermostat a piece of art on the gallery wall rather than an eyesore or just something to work around.

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The House Of Figs PlayroomThis is a little nook just off the playroom between her boys’ bedrooms. She finished it a while ago, but I thought I’d share pictures because it flows well now from the playroom and is just so cute.

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This was a fun room to pull together. We used a lot of Ikea, Hobby Lobby, and some things she already had.  The letters were from all over the place, and a few even from Round Top. She found that lego table at a yard sale and refinished it, glued a big flat lego piece to the top and it is just the most adorable thing.  I think I could play all day in here!

Thanks for reading!!

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Home Feature: Libbie Grove Design

The other day I went to buy some jewelry and look at kids’ clothes for sale at a friend of a friend’s house.  As soon as I walked in the door though, I wasn’t looking at jewelry and clothes, I was asking if I could take pictures of her amazing gallery wall.  I had met her before but had no idea she was a talented artist and gifted designer.  Turns out she has a blog too!  She graciously let me feature her home here and use the pictures from her blog rather than the terrible iPhone pictures I had taken while there.  This is some serious eye candy, my friends!  She has a great sense of scale and color.  I love her creativity and use of space!!

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Here is that gallery wall that took my breath away in the living room.  Just beautiful!!  I also spy my favorite Ikea blanket.gallerywall girlsroom girlsroom2 kitchen kitchen2 library library2 Livingroom office

You can see much more on her blog at Libbie Grove Design.  She is also a talented graphic designer and has some great printables. She told me she hasn’t blogged in a while, but her current posts are so wonderful and worth a look, I think you’ll enjoy them!!

Thank you Kristy for letting me feature your home, and thank you everyone for reading! <3

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The Thing About Before & Afters

I’m featuring a lot of before and afters lately… and have several more coming at you in the line up.  I just wanted to share my heart with you in between here and give you kind of the “real life” and behind the scenes look at things.  Several of these are projects that I completed six months to a year ago for friends and clients that we are just now getting around to photograph for the blog.  Before and afters don’t really happen within one week’s time frame (for me, anyway) and they are very much a process.

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Here’s a lovely “after” picture of my kitchen I posted a few weeks ago. But maybe today we should call it a “before.”

We all know that real life doesn’t always happen in “before” and “after” and quite frankly, neither does design.  There is of course always a before, a starting point, but the after is a little different. One of my favorite blogs is called House Tweaking and the tag line is “because home doesn’t happen overnight.” Its so true, in many senses.  The “after” of a room I design is in a constant state of change.  I hope that its being used by the clients: the pillows being smushed, the books being read, the toys being played with, the remotes getting lost in the couch cushions.  Laundry gets folded on the couch, tables are used for homework, sofa cushions get worn in, feet get propped up on that coffee table.  Life happens.

Here’s my kitchen in its current state this morning. The “after” shot, if you will.

Then also, the client, having maybe newly discovered their style, finds freedom to make some new purchases in the future, change things around a bit, add in a new frame here, a new pillow there, change a few things with the seasons.

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Here is an “after” of my living room I put on instagram a few months ago. Today we’ll call it the “before.”

And the after picture, you know, the ones I post here and on Instagram, the ones that you see in magazines, the ones that get pinned on Pinterest, well those are a different story all together.  Those pictures are highly examined and styled from every angle.  My husband is a professional videographer and photographer and it is a whole thing to get those pictures just right.  I examine every accessory and bring in some of my own as props to style the shoot. Those props don’t stay with the client after I leave- things like a few of my plants, design books, etc.  I move things around a little to get the best angle, clean things up a bit, you know, fluff the cushions and stuff like that.  And we are just amateurs at this- from what I’ve seen and read about magazine shoots it is similar but on a much larger scale.  No one has a perfect house.  It just doesn’t exist.  If it did, it would be a museum behind glass. Untouchable.

Here’s the “after” of my living room I snapped today. Can you spot my daughter behind all that laundry?

What makes a house great and inviting are the people that live there, the way the home is used, and the way it makes you feel when you’re in it. Of course a mess doesn’t create an inviting atmosphere and that’s not what I’m saying.  I do actually need to spend some time today tidying up… just a bit, haha. But being real does create that atmosphere. And would you believe I’m even inviting a friend over for lunch today and hosting a small group here tonight? In spite of the imperfections.  They know me, we share life together.  That’s what its about.  It isn’t about perfect.

So the point of the “after” picture? The magazines, the eye candy?  Its inspiration, its beauty, its food for thought. But may we never be deceived into thinking its some perfect elusive reality that we cannot attain.

Thanks for reading. <3

Edited to add… I wrote this and took these snapshots on Wednesday morning even though I’m posting it on Friday so my “in real life friends” know that I don’t have small group tonight because I’ll be at a ladies’ retreat.  I’m super excited about it because the speaker is none other than Melanie Shankle from The Big Mama Blog!  If you’ve never read her blog or any of her books, you’ve got to check her out.  She’s hilarious and fun.  I’m so looking forward to the weekend!  Happy Friday!!

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A Beachy Glam Living Room {After}

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On Monday I shared with you the moodboard and before pictures of this living room.  You can see that post by clicking here.  Today, as you can see, I’m sharing with you the after pictures!  I’m loving all the different textures in the shelves and with the seagrass rug.  The coffee table has the rough wood on top and the beautiful iron legs to contrast.  If you’ve been reading this blog from the start, you know I love a good contrast!

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We replaced the pillows that had come with her couch with real down filled pillows.  You can get them for a great price at places like HomeGoods or TJ Maxx.  They can be refluffed a million times and even recovered when you decide you want a different look.The House Of Figs - Greene Living Room-2 Small WM

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Thank you for reading! I’m so thankful to my talented husband for taking these beautiful pictures and grateful to be able to share them all with you. <3

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The Beginnings of a Beachy Glam Living Room

The House of Figs Living RoomWhen I walked into this house, I was excited.  The room had great “bones” and beautiful natural light. The family hadn’t lived here long and the room was just unfinished.  The client asked me to use the existing furniture and help her to bring it all together.  As you will see, the existing furniture is quite beautiful, so that was not a difficult task at all!

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She wanted to keep the rug and of course we all want to make the most of our budget.  I felt like the rug was just a little too small for this big room though. My solution for a too small rug that you love is to layer it with a larger rug.  A seagrass or jute rug underneath is a nice way to expand the size and it brings in a little rough and earthy texture to contrast the glam look of all the nailhead trim on the furniture she had. It also kind of gives it a little beachy vibe which she was totally on board with. This family has three kids and they want their home to feel casual and inviting, so I felt like it needed a little laid back earthiness along with the glam.IMG_6096

The coffee table just wasn’t the right size or feel for the room either so we wanted to update that along with the pillows and just other accessories.

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Thanks so much for reading! I’ll be back later this week with the after pictures!

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