Archive | October, 2015

Going Dark- Black Walls

Black Hallway // The House of Figs

So I took my own advice last week about taking risks and did something I’ve been thinking about for a while now.

Black Hallway // The House of Figs

I painted our upstairs hallway black.  I had some leftover paint from a black and white striped powder room we painted over a year ago and one Sunday afternoon I just started rolling on the paint. That’s one way to get motivated on a painting project you’d like to finish- just start rolling, haha! Once you start, you can’t go back!

Its not a huge hallway and has five doorways and a closet- all trimmed in white.  There’s also a big window.  I felt like for all these reasons it could really handle the black.  It’s also open to downstairs and with the new gallery wall going up the stairs, I didn’t want to have to hang anything on the walls that would compete.  The black is now interesting enough that I feel like I can leave the walls blank (except for the Ikea wire with some instagram prints on it- leaving that).

Black Hallway // The House of Figs

Here’s the view looking through to our little “library” and playroom.  I just love all the contrast.

Black Hallway // The House of Figs

I have to admit it felt a little crazy at first to have black walls but once we finished it I was completely in love.  It has transformed how the upstairs looks and I love not feeling like I need to hang anything on the wall. I’m a sucker for contrast in all forms and black and white is just so classic, you just can never go wrong with it in my opinion.

Thanks so much for reading, hope you’re having a great week!

xoxo

Bethany

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A Few Fun Rooms for Kids

I’ve been working on a few client spaces recently and thought I’d share some of the plans.

This playroom is actually for the Montgomery House.  I went to Round Top just this past weekend with my friend and client and we got some great HUGE letters for this space to spell out “Play” above the tv.  I’m excited to see it all come together.  I’ll be headed up there in a few weeks for the install and Paul will be coming with me to get some great pictures.

Play Room

These next two are for siblings- a big sister and then a shared space for two little brothers.

Girly Room

I did the install for these just last week and my client is still working on a few more things.  She made some amazing curtains for the boys’ room with that plaid fabric and I can’t wait for you to see them!

Boys' Room

In all of these rooms, I’ve tried to stay true to my overall philosophy of designing with kids.  These are just moodboards, so of course they involve a plan for the space and even somewhat of a color scheme, but I always try to keep everything from getting too matchy-matchy.  I love to mix patterns and colors and the idea is that even though we are going to add in their toys and books, those things will feel completely natural and welcome in the space- not like unwelcome intruders now that the room has been “designed.”  Just like any room, a kids’ space should feel like it belongs to them, like they have some ownership and part in it.

Don’t be afraid to mix patterns.  Choose contrasting prints of different sizes and colors for the best mix and then just let life dictate the colors!  Let books, the kids’ toys, their art, their interests be what decorate their rooms and make them unique.

Looking forward to finishing up these rooms and sharing more with you soon!

xoxo

Bethany

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