Archive | May, 2015

The Evolution of a Living Room Before & After

In this previous post, I showed you my learning process and today¬†I’m sharing with you the sweet client’s home who let me learn on her. ūüėČ ¬†Here are some before pictures- with a cute little guy in one of them!

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If you’ll remember, here’s the moodboard we landed on after a few attempts:

The House of Figs Moodboard

And now for the after photos!

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Evolution Of A Living Room_0 WMThis spot pictured below, is to the right of the back door, which you can see in the before pictures was just an empty wall. ¬†Her husband actually built this shelf himself! ¬†Isn’t it amazing? I feel like every family with little ones needs a tidy and stylish way to store toys and kids’ books and things in the main living area. ¬†It just isn’t feasible for everything to get put away into the kids’ rooms or a playroom at the end of each day. ¬†Since I’m in that same season of life at home with preschoolers, I totally get it and I think your home should work¬†for you, not the other way around. ¬†Who says your living room has to be a place only for grown up things and all toys must be stored in a playroom? ¬†Who’s rules are those? ¬†This is your home, you get to decide how you use it.

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This really wasn’t a major change.¬† They did decide to do the wood floors but that was actually after I decorated the space for them (yes we had a rug over the carpet- you can and should consider doing¬†that when you have wall to wall carpeting to define a space!). ¬†Just adding some new pillows, changing up the built ins, adding a small gallery wall, changing the lighting and colors made a huge difference. ¬†Oh and did you spot my favorite Ikea Ritva curtains hanging as high and wide as possible? ¬†They are making the most of that natural light and those windows look twice as big now!

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An Introduction and a {small} House Tour

I’ve had some back to back before and afters of client homes for you recently but I’d like to take today’s post as an opportunity to introduce myself a little more and give you a small tour of my own home. ¬†I’ve shown you a few of the rooms already. ¬†You can see the kitchen here, the breakfast room here, and my youngest son’s nursery¬† here. ¬†The rest of the rooms have yet to be photographed “for real” but I do have some¬†older iPhone shots to share with you today!

First off, here we are!  This is my family and I staring into the bright sunshine on our visit to Magnolia Market in Waco, TX.  I chose this picture because I know so many of you are Fixer Upper fans like we are.  Our whole family gets into it!


We live in a suburb outside of Houston and my brother is a Baylor student, so the drive wasn’t too big of a deal for us and we were also visiting him. ¬†Well I guess I used that as an excuse. ¬†My main reason was to get myself to that store, haha! ¬†For those of you who have been, you know that it is teeny-tiny! ¬†But very cute and boutique-y and fun. ¬†I was so hoping to spot Jojo and Chip, but no such luck.

Paul and I have been married for 11 years and have a 7 year old, almost 5 year old, and 20 month old. ¬†He is a professional videographer/cinematographer for an oilfield equipment company. ¬†My main job is stay at home mom. My business as an interior decorator started completely as a hobby. I’m an army brat and moved a LOT growing up. ¬†We made every house and apartment ‘home’ as quickly as possible. ¬†Hung pictures on the wall within days of moving in. ¬†My mom was an expert at arranging furniture and unpacking boxes. ¬†Maybe that’s what started my journey? ¬†Anyway, as an adult, the more I decorated my own home, the more I had friends and family asking for advice. ¬†One friend flat out asked me to decorate her son’s nursery. ¬†Then she paid me. ¬†I told her not to! ¬†Then when that same friend and her husband decided to buy some land and build a custom home she called me and asked me to design the entire thing. My jaw dropped and after the shock wore off I agreed. ¬†That’s what started it. ¬†Her house is what I call The Montgomery House and I’ve posted about it on the blog (see posts here)… you’ll see more of the after pictures of it here in the coming weeks.

Now on to a bit of my house…


This is an old picture of our playroom upstairs. ¬†I used it briefly as a homeschool room when my oldest was in Kindergarten. ¬†We had a wonderful year and I’m so thankful for that time spent with him. ¬†When it was over though, I was also thankful it was over. ¬†I prayed a lot about it and knew it just wasn’t meant to be anymore. ¬†I was very burnt out and just was not passionate about it. My son was excited about the idea of going to a new school for first grade, so we gave it a try and he has loved it. ¬†It was scary for me to “let go” in a sense but the Lord has shown me over and over that I never had any control to begin with! ¬†Now this room is more of a playroom for us. It also has a futon in it that my kids sleep on when guests visit. ¬†{A little side note, a lot of my homeschool inspiration came from my sister in law who has homeschooled her two kids for several years now. ¬†She, unlike me, is very passionate and has a calling on her life to do this- she does it way better than I ever did! They have a family blog about traveling with kids and it is so fun… check it out here!}

Here’s a side by side of the big kids’ rooms… on a rare clean day, haha!


My daughter has this huge bed so that it can double as a guest room.  A lot has changed in these rooms since I took these pictures though so I am looking forward to when we can take some updated pictures to show you!

Below is¬†our “formal” dining room. ¬†We are not really “formal” people as you can probably tell. ¬†This room has morphed into more of an arts and crafts room/homework room for our kids, but also is great for when we do have guests over. ¬†We have hosted more than a few large potlucks¬†and a couple of Thanksgivings as well. ¬†Its nice to be able to seat a big crew.


Here’s my favorite little Ikea Kallax in the entryway. ¬†This picture was taken in January hence the mitten garland. ¬†Kids’ shoes and socks are stowed away in the baskets and the tray is a catch all for keys, coins, and kind of my husband’s drop spot when he comes home. ¬†Its good to have a drop spot!


So that’s my little house tour and introduction! ¬†Enough about me now. ¬†I’m so thrilled¬†and just plain out excited that there are some of you beyond my own family that are reading this. ¬†I’d love to get to know you a little too. If you want, leave¬†me a comment and say hi! ¬†Hope you have a wonderful weekend, thanks for reading!

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