Archive | July, 2015

A Spa Inspired Master Bedroom- After!

A Spa Inspired Bedroom // The House of FigsEarlier this week I shared with you the before pictures of this master bedroom (if you want, you can see those here).  We were going for a serene and relaxing spa inspired feeling.  I am loving how it all turned out!  They already had a beautiful headboard, beautiful wood floors- a lovely blank canvas from which to begin.  We kept the existing duvet and added new pillows and a few new accessories and pieces of furniture.  I don’t like to be matchy-matchy and an easy way to avoid that is to add in lots of texture and neutrals.  The pillows in the back are Euro shams so they stand up taller, giving a fuller appearance.

Master Bedroom // The House of FigsThe big white lamps lend lots of light for reading in bed.  Everything is bright and reflective.  I loved these plants my clients already had! Any space can benefit from something leafy and green!

Bedside table // The House of FigsIts always nice to have a drop spot for those spaces that can become so easily cluttered.  A little bowl and a pretty box on a bedside table are perfect for holding jewelry and hiding the not so pretty bedtime necessities- chapstick, lotion, ponytail holders, etc.

Above the bed, I used two of my favorite prints from Lindsey Letters– I recommend her prints and canvasses all the time!  Beautiful words for marriage and for life, don’t you think?

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On the other side of the room, the tall chest of drawers was replaced with a wider dresser.  I surrounded it with a gallery of black and white family pictures and also added in a small reading spot.Spa Inspired Master Bedroom // The House of Figs

Spa Inspired Master Bedroom // The House of FigsThe rug brings in a little more color and pattern without competing too much with the duvet.  I love how subtle it is here.  Even if you don’t have wood floors, you can lay a rug right over your wall to wall carpeting!  They make special rug pads just for that.

 The white curtains (my favorite Ikea Ritvas!) frame out that tricky window seat nicely making it feel like one large window.

Spa Inspired Master Bedroom // The House of FigsThis was a fun project and I’m so happy with how it turned out! Looking forward to sharing more with you.  I’m working on a few kids’ rooms right now and also finishing up The Spring Valley House.  More to come!  Thank you so much for reading!

xoxo

Bethany

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A Spa Inspired Master Bedroom

Recently I created this moodboard for a master bedroom for new clients of mine.  They already had this beautiful headboard and duvet cover, but the rest of it needed some help to feel finished and put together.  They wanted a spa inspired space; relaxing and serene, inspired by the blues and greens in the duvet.

Spa Inspired Master Bedroom // The House of Figs

As you can see below, they already had some great things going for them- like those beautiful wood floors!   I wanted to keep everything mostly neutral and bring in some texture and metallics for visual interest.  I felt like the lamps were a little too small- I love a big lamp with some nice presence!  And the bedside tables, while they matched the bedding, they really didn’t play into the feeling we were trying to create- I wanted something a little more sophisticated, serene, and maybe even shimmery and reflective, like pools of water in a spa.  These were more like “look at me, I’m blue, and I match.”  They are totally cute and would work in a more eclectic and colorful space- and in fact she moved one of these to her guest room and it looks adorable- but if we really wanted the colors of the duvet to shine, I feel like we needed everything else to be a neutral and textured background.

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This TV wall needed an update as well.  The clients needed a dresser and wanted to keep their TV.  Obviously the dresser is not the right scale for the space, but of course sometimes we just use what we have and it works for the time being!  They were ready to update it though so I can’t wait to show you how we changed this wall (and the rest of the room).Master Bedroom // BeforeSorry to keep you in suspense, but I’ll be back later this week with the after pictures! 🙂

Thanks for reading!

xoxo

Bethany

 

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A Few of My Favorite Things: Ikea Edition

Happy Friday!  Anyone been to Ikea recently?  I do love a good trip to Ikea.  I’ve scoped out some of my favorites for you before (see that post here) and today I’ve got a few more to add to that list!
Work LampThis Ranarp work lamp is super stylish and I love the brass- it gives it kind of a vintage look!  Its hard to see here, but the cord is wrapped in a black and white almost houndstooth fabric.  Love the detailing!

Pink PillowI had never noticed these throw pillows there before, but I’ve got to use these in a little girl’s room sometime soon!  How sweet are they??!!

Medium PlanterIkea has got some great planter options right now.  They all come with plastic liners to keep them waterproof. Love the colors in this little one.

Large PlanterHere’s a big one that’s a little less bright for all you neutral-lovers out there (me, haha!)  Even though its neutral it still brings in so much texture to a space, especially filled with a big leafy plant!

Ingolf ChairThis Ingolf chair is one of my favorites. We have it in our breakfast room, which you can see here. I recommend it frequently for clients.  Its a pretty classic looking chair and you just can’t beat the price!

Desk ChairMy most recent trip to Ikea was the first time I ever spotted this sweet little chair.  Its a little on the small side, though not child sized.  Its the one we’re using in our oldest’s room at his new desk.  Its a gray color that just goes with anything and I’m loving the kind of farmhouse style!

Striped PlateA little striped plate??  Who can resist!?

Fintorp Rails

This Fintorp rail is so fun.  We got this with three of the white buckets for my daughter’s room.  She has it filled with colored pencils, markers, and crayons. I recommend these for playrooms quite frequently, but as you can see from this picture I found Ikea’s website, its super fun for a kitchen as well!

There’s my round-up of favorites for you!  Do you have any to add to that list?

As much as I love Ikea, there is one part that is definitely NOT my favorite:

Saturday at Ikea

Shopping and then standing in line with 1,000 other Houstonians. Its definitely a love/hate relationship with that place, especially on a Saturday afternoon, haha!

Thanks so much for reading!  Have a lovely weekend!

Bethany

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Updates Around the House and Blog!

Hey everyone!  Welcome to the new site!!  I’m hoping everything is working well and I’d love for you to click around and make yourself at home!

 To all my email subscribers, you should have received this post to your inbox… if you did, will you leave me a comment and let me know it worked??  I’m still new to this whole blogging thing,  so I’d love the feedback.

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Okay, with all that housekeeping stuff out of the way, onto some fun updates around the house!

Our kids were with their grandparents for the weekend, so we thought it would be fun to have a few surprises for them when they came back.  Our oldest has been needing a desk for a while now (you can see my post about his room here) and we found this great one at Ikea.  
Desk : The House of Figs

Another kids’ space that got a facelift was our playroom.  I shared this room on Instagram a week or so ago.  I’m always looking for creative ways to display our kids’ artwork and I just decided to start taping it up on the wall in here, almost like wallpaper.  We can just add to it now over time! I used this room for one year as a homeschool room but now it houses all of our toys, some books and art supplies, and we can use it as a guest room as well.  See a before picture of it in this post.

Playroom :: The House of Figs

Another great Ikea find over the weekend was this huge planter and split leaf Philodendron.  I hear this things are pretty hard to kill… hopefully that’s true!  I love the life and texture it brings to this spot! Split Leaf Philadendron : The House of Figs

I’ve never shared our master bedroom with you guys here before and one day I’ll do an entire post about this room with more pictures, but I did want to share a few iPhone shots I recently took.  We finally hung pictures above our bed- it used to be two large pictures of our oldest two children.  We do have a third… he’ll be two next month.  Yeah, the master bedroom has kind of taken a backseat, unfortunately!

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Not to overdramatize, but it has been almost life changing to have this gallery wall in here now.  Its like a whole new room.  And it feels special and I keep it cleaner and more like the haven it should be. I will do a whole new post dedicated to this room and I want to share with you how I planned out and hung these pictures as well.  But really, I thought I needed all new bedroom furniture.  And all new bedding.  Nope- turns out I just needed to shop my house and use what I have in a more creative way.  Life changing, I’m telling you!

Lastly, remember this post about my stair wall and the art nook that used to be there?  I finally have a plan and some frames ready to be hung!  That will be my next project- I’ll keep you updated!

Foyer : The House of FigsThanks so much for reading and like I said, I’d love feedback from my subscribers out there (or even if you’re not a subscriber!)!  This blogging stuff is hard y’all!  Big shout out to Jones Design Company and their Blog Class for helping me get this far.  I’ve learned a ton and felt in over my head about a million times, but I’ve come a long way. Here’s to lots more decorating, blogging, and looking for the purpose in it all. <3

xoxo

Bethany

 

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The Montgomery House Living Room

The Montgomery House // The House of Figs

Today, its the last installment of The Montgomery House series.  If you’re new here, this was my first professional job, and it was a big one!  It started with a friend asking me to help her with her custom home and turned into something so amazing for me and that launched the business that I have now.  My friend and client had SO much faith and trust in my vision and the ideas that I had.  I know at times she felt a little crazy telling her contractor my ideas- this home is so different than any other home he had ever built!  In Texas, so many of the homes are dark and built with a Tuscan sort of theme to them.  This craftsman look with the white cabinets is pretty different for a new construction home around here, though I know for those of us on blogs and Pinterest its nothing really that new.  Anyway, on to the living room!

Living Room // The House of Figs

The Montgomery House // The House of Figs

The TV wall is one of my favorites in the whole house.  Its vintage art pieces collected from various places.  One was even given to the family by my client’s grandfather!  Its something they can add to throughout the years and cover that entire wall with.

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Living Room // The House of Figs

 I’m so grateful to have been a part of this project and to my clients for believing in me and investing in me the way they did.  Their house is really something special and while I thought I was done- I’m so excited to tell you that they’ve invited me back to work on the upstairs now!  There will be a playroom and guestroom to show you sometime in the near future. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Bethany

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Contemporary & Casual, The Spring Valley House

I’ve been working on a home that I’m calling the “Spring Valley House” for a former client that recently moved to a new home.  I say new, but its actually an older home, built in the 1950s.  While the home had been remodeled in the past, it still felt pretty dark in some places and needed some remodeling to the kitchen as well as some paint updates.  Here you can see some before pictures.

    

Even with that wall of beautiful windows, the kitchen still felt dark and somewhat closed off from everything else.  To really make it light and bright, the contractors had their work cut out for them- there was a bit of wall knocking down to do and then everything went white.  We decided on Benjamin Moore’s Abalone at 50% for the walls everywhere else. Below is the kitchen and breakfast room plan we came up with.

Kitchen and Breakfast Moodboard- The House of Figs

Here’s the moodboard for the rest of the living area- the dining room, entryway, etc.  They love blue and we added in some coral, grays, lots of white also, and a little black for contrast.  Contemporary & Casual The House of Figs

I went last week for the first part of the install and while they didn’t have all their furniture and the electrician hadn’t been by to install all the light fixtures yet, things are definitely coming along!  The kitchen looks beautiful with its new marble countertops and I can’t wait to finish everything up and get Paul in there to take some real photos.  For now, these “after” iPhone shots will have to do.

 My absolute favorite part of this house?  This little vestibule entryway covered in this beautiful wallpaper from Hygge and West.  The contractors were installing it when I arrived and they did an amazing job- see how it even covers the lightswitch plate?  Just stunning!  I’m not finished styling this area and in fact we ended up switching this print for a mirror to really reflect the light and that beautiful pattern, but I just wanted to share how its coming along.Foyer // The House of Figs

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I’ll keep you updated on the Spring Valley house because of course I can’t wait to show you this kitchen in all its new white and bright-ness!

I’m slowing down the blogging a bit right now as I prepare for the switch behind the scenes to my “new and improved” site. Thanks for your patience and for your continued support!!  <3  I’m hoping to make the switch in August and will keep all of you updated.  The web address will stay the same and if you’re already subscribing via email you will continue to receive email updates with hopefully no interruptions.  If you are not subscribing and would like to- you can do that in the sidebar to the right of this post by clicking the “follow” button.  Thanks so much for reading!

Bethany

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The Montgomery House Kitchen & Dining Room

Are you tired of seeing and hearing about this house yet?  I hope not because I seriously have saved the best for last. 😉  Today I’m sharing the Montgomery House kitchen and dining room.  Both are open to the living room (which I’ll be sharing with you next week).

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Because the kitchen is a big eat in kitchen, the clients chose a smaller dining room right off the kitchen.  They didn’t want the feeling of a “formal” dining room, but just more of a casual place that is right there in the heart of the home.

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One of the coolest pieces in this room (and also very hard to photograph-ha!) can be seen above- its this giant antique mirror that’s leaning against the wall.  My clients bought it at an auction a while ago and were looking for the perfect place for it.  Its so unique and brings in so much charm, character, and light!

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Right off the dining room is the kitchen, one of my favorite rooms in the house (do I say that about almost every room??).

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We went back and forth over granite vs. marble for the countertops for a long time.  My clients and I both love the look of marble but after they researched the upkeep and also the price, they weren’t so sure.  We stood in the countertop store staring at different slabs of stone, looking at every vein and color for a long time.  Finally we settled on this lovely grayish granite.  It has some brown, some gold, even a little blue in it.  It occurred to me as we were looking, that we would never again be looking at those slabs of granite vertically like that.  When you walk into your kitchen you don’t see a wall of granite the way you do in the store or quarry or wherever you go to pick your slab.  What you notice more are your cabinets, the overall colors, and (my favorite) the lighting! So we decided together it was better to put their investment into those types of things rather than the marble.  Though I’m not against marble!  In fact I’m working on an install this week with some clients that have chosen some beautiful marble countertops.  I’m just saying its just not for everyone.  Here’s a really great article for when you’re considering marble countertops:

http://www.lifeingraceblog.com/2013/04/living-with-marble-countertops-a-cautionary-tale/

Okay, on to more pictures of this kitchen!

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The view below is from when you’re standing in the dining room.  You can see into the foyer and also catch a glimpse of the butler’s pantry.  Its really not a huge house!  The floorplan just makes great use of space.

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While we did go with white cabinets and a white backsplash as well as light countertops, the husband had concerns that the kitchen would feel too light and washed out.  Our solution to that was using a gray grout in the backsplash and also a darker gray on the island.  Those choices along with the floor really warms everything up.  Another thing we went back and forth about for a little while was how big to go on the lighting.  In my opinion, bigger is always better when choosing a light fixture.  You can never go wrong having a HUGE light fixture.  It will never be TOO big.  Please, someone try to find me a picture of a light fixture that is too big for a table or a space.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen one that I thought was too big.  The pendants I chose are the Eldridge pendants from Ballard Designs.  They come in small, medium, and large.  I knew the medium would just get swallowed up by this huge island and it had to be the large.  I’m no artist, but Paul is, so one night I asked him to do some drawings.  Sometimes we just need to visualize things to see the balance.

Kitchen Island

He drew a couple of different pendants of different shapes and sizes so you can see the erase marks, but this is the one we landed on.  I snapped a pic of it with my phone and texted it to my clients.  We were all in love and knew these were the ones.

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Last glimpse, looking in from the mudroom.  This one gives you a peek into the living room as well!

 I’m still working to get my new blog up and running and when I do each picture will have its own Pin It button, but until then, if you see anything you like here, there’s a button down below where you can pin any of these pictures on Pinterest!  Thanks so much for reading. I’ll be back next week with the living room!!

<3

Bethany

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