Archive | May, 2015

A Few of My Favorite Neutral Paint Colors

The number one question I get asked by blog readers, Instagram followers, Facebook friends, and In Real Life friends is “What is that paint color?” I love getting asked any question about decorating, but especially that question because it is one I have personally researched with blood, sweat, and tears. ¬†Okay, maybe just lots of sweat and a few tears. ūüėČ I have painted and repainted too many rooms to count so I can speak from experience on this topic.

This is an updated and edited version of a post I did several months ago but I have reorganized it and added¬†new pictures and links. ¬†Hope it helps if you’re looking for some great neutral paint colors or just some inspiration to get out those brushes and rollers!

Grays

If you’re looking for a perfect light gray paint color, my hands-down, absolute favorite is Olympic’s Silver Dollar. Olympic is sold at Lowe’s so I know its not your designer Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams brand. ¬†Is it okay that I just said that on a blog about interior design? Haha! ¬†Its a bit cheaper, which is nice! And if you buy Olympic One, which has primer and paint mixed together, it goes on quite smooth and lovely.

Its not a cool gray, it is a taupe-y kind of gray, so it doesn’t come across blue or purpley. ¬†But its not super warm or golden either. ¬†I feel like its perfectly in between. ¬†We used it all over the interior of our old house, which you can see here.

In our new house its on our kitchen cabinets, bannister, and mantle. ¬†We had the cabinets professionally sprayed with oil based paint before we even moved in. ¬†I mixed my own chalk paint for the bannister and mantle. ¬†I’ll blog about that process one day (no sanding, super easy, hooray!)

Cabinets painted Olympic's Silver Dollar

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We also decided to use it on the walls in our master bedroom and bathroom.

Paint Color- Olympic Silver Dollar

Its amazing how different it looks in the new house compared to the old. I’ve already mentioned that this house has much more natural light.

Even though it is my all time favorite color, I still HIGHLY recommend that you purchase and paint a sample of it first before committing to it! Or purchase 10 different samples and paint them all over your house if you’re crazy like me and just want to be SURE.

If you’re looking for a darker, more saturated gray, one I’ve used several times and love is Olympic’s Dover Gray. ¬†Right now we have that color in our dining room. (See where I blogged about that room¬†here).

Here’s the view from the dining room looking into the kitchen. You can see the Silver Dollar on those lower cabinets.

Wall Color- Dover Gray

And one of my favorite views in the house, from the kitchen, looking into the dining room:

Wall Color- Dover Gray

We also used Dover Gray in the baby’s room. ¬†You can see the full post with more pictures¬†here.

The House of Figs Nursery, Dover Gray

Whites

In this new house I knew I wanted Silver Dollar on the cabinets, so I didn’t¬†want it on the walls too. ¬†We¬†went with the top color on the same card as Silver Dollar, called Willow Springs, for the walls. ¬†You can see glimpses of it in a few of the above¬†pictures, as well as in my living room.

Olympic Willow Springs Paint color

The kitchen cabinet & trim color we are using on The Montgomery House is Benjamin Moore’s White Dove. ¬†I researched that one a lot and found that a lot of designers prefer it because it is a “true” white. ¬†Neutral colors are¬†so much trickier to choose than saturated ones¬†because the slightest little tint of green or blue or red or whatever can change the feeling so much.

I’ve also found that the colors outside your home can affect how it looks inside. ¬†Several years ago I painted a nursery in a client’s home this steely gray-blue and it looked lovely. ¬†I used the same color in my daughter’s room when we first moved here and didn’t sample it because we were painting so much at the time and in a hurry. ¬†Her window is very close to our neighbor’s red brick house. ¬†Something about the sunlight hitting that red brick and bouncing into her bluish gray room made it look completely purple. ¬†I wasn’t too happy about that and she was only two, so I repainted it.

My biggest piece of advice when painting a room is to buy samples. ¬†Lots of them. ¬†It is so worth it. Paint them in lots of different spots and look at them during lots of different times of day. ¬†Something you love in someone else’s house may not work the same way in yours. ¬†But there’s a next step too…

There does come a time when you just have to take a risk. ¬†Can I tell you something, as your friend here? ¬†Please don’t let those sample swatches sit on your wall for more than a week. ¬†You eventually have to decide and just go for it. ¬†Its just paint, you’re not making any life or death decisions here. ¬†It can always be repainted for the cost of some money and time. ¬†And chances are it will be better than that wall color that you didn’t like to begin with! ¬†It will definitely be better than that wall color with all those paint samples on it that has maybe been that way for a month… or two? ¬†All grace for you here, I know life gets busy. ūüėČ Just maybe this is the inspiration you need to get painting.

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I found this on The Nester’s pinterest board. ¬†She’s big on taking risks & not worrying about being perfect or making mistakes.

Do you have any go to favorite paint colors? What have you painted recently?

Thanks so much for reading!!

Bethany

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The Montgomery House Master Bedroom

Today I’m sharing another room in the Montgomery House. ¬†If you’re new here, this was a big project for me and a dream come true.¬† My dear friend and client asked me to design her custom built home about two years ago. It was my first professional project and helped to launch the business I have now. ¬†I finished it up in April and my husband took the photos I’ve been slowly sharing. ¬†Click here¬†for more¬†of the posts about this house.

Also if you’re new here and you’d like to see posts about my house click here.

Okay onto the reason for today’s post- this dreamy master bedroom!

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I love long white curtains with a black rod.  I read somewhere that a black rod is like eyeliner for your windows.  I completely agree.  This is the only room we put curtains up in the Montgomery House.  Because it is a craftsman style home, every window has these beautiful craftsman moldings.  But the bedroom needed the curtains just for a more romantic feeling in my opinion.  Since it is so neutral (and I love a neutral bedroom), the more fabrics and textures you can have the better.  Curtains add to that. We still get a glimpse of the beautiful woodwork in between.

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I’ve put this framed print in several master bedrooms lately. ¬†It is by the talented Lindsay Letters but it is part of the line she has available at Hobby Lobby.

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Thanks so much for reading! Would love for you to sign up to follow via email in the sidebar if you’re new here or visiting from Honey We’re Home! ¬†(or even if you’ve been reading for a while and haven’t signed up yet <3)

Bethany

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A Room for an Artist {My Daughter’s Room}


The title of this post kind of says it all. ¬†Norah is an artist. She spends every free moment coloring (and takes breaks for dancing). ¬†She colors so much she has a permanent blister on one of her fingers. ¬†Her room could be a chaotic mess of paper after unfinished paper. ¬†Some are from coloring books, sometimes its just a piece of construction paper or white printer paper. ¬†Inspiration strikes her anywhere, anytime. ¬†She gets this talent from her Daddy and for a while I did not know how to handle¬†her chaotic creativity. ¬†I want to teacher her to clean up her room of course but I also don’t want her to have to throw away every piece of art that she hasn’t finished yet. But we (sort of) have a system and we made room for this little desk and lamp in her room so there’s an order to it now. ¬†That’s enough to satisfy me.

IMG_0725These three prints are actually pieces of wrapping paper from The Paper Source. ¬†That store is one of my favorite resources for large and inexpensive wall art. ¬†At $4-$7 a sheet, it may be pricey for wrapping paper, but for a large print to hang on the wall¬†I think that’s pretty good!! ¬†I have several of their map papers framed as well throughout my home. ¬†The frames are inexpensive ones from Ikea that are perfect for a kids’ room.

  

She is a girly girl to the max and when we first moved here, she was just barely two so I painted this room blue before she even had a say in it. ¬†I think I just had this fear that the whole thing would be pink and purple overload. ūüėČ ¬†I think I was right.The curtains are again my favorite Ikea Ritvas that I stenciled with fabric paint back when I was about 8 months pregnant with her. ¬†You can see them hanging in her nursery here. ¬†Though I am not usually a DIYer, I tend to take on big projects like that when I am gigantic and pregnant and nesting like crazy, haha!¬†

These are just iPhone snaps I took on a beautiful sunny day. I usually like to have Paul shoot our home with his camera for the blog but its a lot of work and the light was just right so I went for it. I love capturing her in her “natural state” like that. Hope you enjoyed seeing another little peek into our home. Thanks for reading and happy weekend! <3

Bethany

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My Dining Room {Before & After}

Today I’m sharing more of my home with you! Here’s the dining room before we moved in. I know some people like this. ¬†But if you’ve been here long, you’ll know this is not really my style. ¬†And honestly, it makes the dining room look tiny. ¬†We weren’t sure our over seven foot long farmhouse table was going to fit in here.

BeforeBelow is the room just after we closed on the house. ¬†Just getting all the stuff out of there makes it look a lot bigger. ¬†Before we even moved in we painted everything and had all the downstairs floors ripped out. ¬†I know some people worry about wood in the kitchen and entryways, but this is a fairly newer home and I guess its a risk I’m willing to take.¬†I like a seamless look from every angle and so we had engineered flooring put in from the front door throughout the downstairs. ¬†We did this in our last home as well and it sold very quickly. ¬†The woman who bought it told us she was so happy we had not broken up the entryway and kitchen with tile- she had looked and looked for a home like that and couldn’t find it.

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Especially in a small home with an open floorplan, it can really break up the space and make your home look even smaller to have different flooring in the entry way and/or kitchen. ¬†Of course if you’re renting or don’t have the budget to change your flooring right now you that’s okay- I’m all for making the most of what you have!! But if you’re making the decisions, and spending the money, don’t be afraid to choose something different than what has been done before! Or different than what you feel like “they” (whoever “they” happens to be) are telling you is right. ¬†You get to choose!Our House Dining Room Small_6 WM

The House of Figs Dining RoomThis room really doubles as a craft and homework room for us. ¬†My daughter does preschool in here and lots of coloring happens at this table. ¬†The wooden centerpiece filled with crayons was found in Round Top, TX. ¬†I totally got the idea from that brilliant and talented Joanna Gaines on Fixer Upper, but you guys probably already knew that! ūüėČ

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Our House Dining Room Small_5 WMThe cabinet/shelf on the wall is also a Round Top find. ¬†Because the room is kind of small and just fits our large table, there’s no room for a buffet or any other piece of furniture in the room. ¬†This piece now holds a lot of our crafting and preschool supplies. ¬†Eventually I envision it holding serving dishes and bar type items. ¬†We do host potlucks and family Thanksgivings in here often. Its been a great multipurpose room for us!

Our House Dining Room Small_2 WM¬†The table is from Laurie’s Home Furnishings, a great store in Tomball, TX full of beautiful antique reproductions and unique pieces. The chandelier is from Ballard Designs and the chairs are West Elm. As much as I love the chippy old shelf on the wall and the farmhouse table, I’ve got to have some clean lines and bright white modern to balance it all out. ¬†I just love the contrast of it all. ¬†Just in case you were wondering, you¬†sure can mix bright white with slightly off white, chippy, creamy, antique white!

Our House Dining Room Small_3 WMI am normally a curtains girl- you’ve seen the Ikea Ritvas all over my house, but this room hasn’t had any. I’ve been looking at fabric samples, but still haven’t done it. ¬†I guess because the room is pretty small and since its mostly for eating and art, I’m just not feeling the need. ¬†Its also one of our darkest rooms as far as natural light. ¬†I may leave it as is, at least until our kids are a little older.

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Thank you so much for reading, hope you’re having a great week! ¬†Click the tag below that says “My House” if you’d like¬†to see more of my house tour. <3

Bethany

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My Living Room

The House of FigsI am loving this new view!  (See the before pictures in my previous post here) Every time I walk in, it make me smile.

I took this opportunity to restyle and clean up our bookshelves as well. ¬†I love to read and we have tons of books. ¬†Maybe I’ve said this before but books are one of my favorite things to decorate with. ¬†They’re an easy way to add in color without being matchy-matchy. ¬†They aren’t part of a “color scheme” they’re just part of life! ¬†They make a room feel lived in and real, not like a showroom or a catalog. ¬†I realize though that every book I own doesn’t¬†need to be on display in our living room so I took some down because it was feeling a little cluttered and full. ¬†Its nice to have a little white space, too. ¬†I love that big “stick” thing on the left from Homegoods- I feel like it adds a lot of texture. ¬†The top right jar is from Turkey, my husband got it on a mission trip.

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The bottom shelves that you can’t really see from the living room¬†are full of books and toys for the kids. ¬†Like I have said before, when you have preschool aged kids playing all day at home, its great¬†to have an area in the main living room for organized toy storage. ¬†Okay so maybe mine isn’t completely organized. ¬†But at least from the main view¬†it is tidy and out of sight, mostly. ¬†Its nice at the end of the day to be able to toss everything onto those lower shelves and get it off the living room floor, couch, ottoman, etc.

You never really know what you might find back there, but here’s the behind the scenes view today:¬†

You know I like to keep it real! ūüôā Those baskets do help a lot but our toy collection always seems to overflow. You know how it is! And I’m totally okay with it. ¬†The is the season of life I’m in and I embrace it! ¬†I make our house work for us, not the other way around. ¬†I do like to see a clean and clutter free living room from where I sit at the end of the day and I can accomplish that in a stress-free way by having my littles help pick up their toys and put them in some baskets and stuff them behind the couch. ¬†Is it perfect? No. Does it work for us? Absolutely! That’s part of how we make our house a home.

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you found some inspiration and maybe even some stress-free purposeful beauty. <3

Bethany

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There’s no place like HOME (decorating my living room)

I shared on Instagram last week this picture of my living room:¬†¬†While I love our high ceilings and natural light, I’ve never known what to do with that blank space over the IKEA bookshelves. I love those shelves (and their price tag) but they are not the tallest.

After searching for inspiration, I came across this picture from the talented Brynn Gustafson on her Instagram page. This is at her sister in law’s house.

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I knew my next trip to Round Top would be the perfect time to hunt for something similar. I came home with this guy:

Ha!! I think the perspective makes it look bigger than it really is, but it is pretty big.

 
It was also pretty heavy and still full of lighting tubes. That was an easy fix though as it all came out in one piece.

Once that all came out it was actually pretty light! Here are the rest of the letters I found… Not nearly as large but I think they all look great together… and will look even better cleaned up, painted, and hanging over those shelves!¬†Here’s my man working hard last night to make my vision a reality!

After pics to come soon! Thanks for reading!!
Bethany

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The Montgomery House Mud Room & Laundry Room

This post is really all about going from dreams to reality.

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I created this moodboard about two years¬†ago before I had any idea what I was doing or how any of this would turn out. ¬†I made it using a free app on an iPad and taking screen shots of¬†all sorts of pictures on Pinterest. ¬†There were no real sources listed for my client, just concepts and ideas (if anyone can source these pictures, please let me know, I’d love to give credit where credit is due!) ¬†My client and friend trusted me so much and she and I together made it happen many many months later. ¬†She had an amazing builder who at times (I’m sure) thought we were crazy but just did what we asked based off pictures she gave him.

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Mud Room

This is the beginning of a series of posts featuring after pictures of¬†The Montgomery House. ¬†If you click the tag “Montgomery House” at the bottom of this post, you can see some of the other moodboards I’ve done for this house as well as progress throughout the building process.¬†Thanks for reading and for all your support!! <3

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