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Farmhouse Update & a Link for your Weekend!

I’m already back! Its because I really did want to share those farmhouse pictures I mentioned from Monday.  I’ve been working on this house since January and learning so much as I go. It was just the  foundation and the studs when I joined the project so its been incredible to see it come to life.  There are still many small details (some missing hardware, light fixtures, and then of course the finishing touches at the end), plus many larger details (a vent hood, furniture, and artwork) still to go.  But we have come a long way and to stop and look back at this point to breathe and appreciate where we are is really a great feeling!

Also, just one more thing before tomorrow that I hinted at earlier this week.  My friend Kelly over at Carried by Love is hosting a new series about Contending for the Faith and has invited several bloggers to write throughout the month of October.  She shared her heart about it here live on Facebook yesterday kind of introducing the series and then tomorrow I’m her first guest blogger!  I would love for you to check it out even though *gulp* its incredibly vulnerable and I probably will be experiencing some kind of vulnerability hangover tomorrow after its published.  So if you know me in real life, you’ll understand why I’m leaving town at 4am in the morning. Haha!  Just kidding.

But in all seriousness, I think its going to be a really great series so I would love for you to check it out here and subscribe to Kelly’s blog here so you won’t miss any of the posts.  She even has a FREE CUTE PRINTABLE to print out and frame!!  If you go over to her blog, you’ll find a link to download it and print.By the way, since apparently I’m blogging again, if you have not subscribed to my blog and would like to receive my posts directly in your inbox, I’d love for you to sign up for that here!  Thanks so much for reading!

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House Goals, 2016

Are you one to make New Year’s Resolutions? I admit I’m not big on them.  I stopped several years ago because I hated the let-down when I realized mid-January I wasn’t following through. I’m not a big goals person either, which sounds so weird and lazy to say out loud.

I’m more of a list maker, so I guess maybe I like to live more day to day.  That at least sounds nicer, doesn’t it? I want to embrace the now. I’m blogging and working now because its something that I enjoy now. But where will this take me in 10 years? What’s my long term business plan? I have no idea. And I’m okay with that at this point in my life.

But every year around this time, after sweeping up the Christmas tree remnants and packing up the ornaments, I get this intense desire to get my house in order. I want to clean, I want to organize.  I want to get it all straightened out. There have just been some nagging tasks that I’d really like to get to, but for whatever reason, I just haven’t. They’ve bugged me for a while and a few of them I could knock out in an hour or two.  So why haven’t I done something about them? Can anyone relate?

So now that I have this blog, this space to talk about all things house-related, I figured its a good a time to make some goals for this year in my home.

1. Kitchen Hardware

Kitchen Hardware
To start off, I’ve got a couple of spots in the kitchen where the cabinet hardware does not line up with the original holes. So we screwed in the top but not the bottom. Drives.me.nuts. Apparently its an easy fix. Why haven’t we done it? Oh… life, how it gets in the way sometimes.

2.  The Junk Drawers

Junk Drawer 1

Junk Drawer 2

I think its safe to say that these have gotten slightly out of control.  Oh and there’s a whole junk closet too that I chose not to take a picture of for your sake.  You’re welcome.

3. The Gallery Wall

Gallery Wall 1

Gallery Wall 2

Gallery Wall 3

Its been months since I hung up this gallery wall.  I’ve still got a few blank spaces as you can see.  I recently picked up a few new prints, but I need to get some mattes cut and its just going to take some figuring out.  So, that’s a goal.

4. The Bathroom

Master Bathroom

We have decided this will be the year of the master bathroom reno.  And not only that but also changing the flooring in our other two bathrooms as well.  We are still not exactly sure what’s going to happen in here and how it will end up, but I’m definitely planning & dreaming.

So how about you?  Got any house goals for the year?  Does January make you want to start fresh and get some organizing done?  Do you have any small nagging tasks that just need some attention?  I’d love to hear from you!

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A Modern Farmhouse Bathroom & Guestroom {The Montgomery House}

Last week I shared with you the Montgomery house playroom that I designed (and you can also read a little of the backstory there on the Montgomery house if you’re new around here).

Today, its on to the rest of the upstairs!

The Montgomery House - Upstairs Bathroom WM 1

Just like the rest of the home, I was going for a modern farmhouse feeling.  The cabinets are painted Benjamin Moore’s White Dove and the walls are Olympic’s Silver Dollar.  You can read more about my favorite neutral paint colors here.  We went with simple shaker style cabinets and a mirror with a reclaimed wood look.

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom

You can just barely make out the shower in the mirror above but below are the tile finishes- the white is inside the shower, the black is the rest of the bathroom floor.

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Tile

The guest room is small and simple, so we wanted to keep it open and fresh- with lots of room for guests and their luggage.  It’s painted the same Silver Dollar as the rest of the house.  My client has a collection of old hand me down quilts and we used one in here on an iron bed frame with simple white sheets and pillow shams.

The Montgomery House - Upstairs Guest Room WM 5

The bamboo shades and collection of baskets on the wall give texture and warmth to the room.

The Montgomery House - Upstairs Guest Room WM 3

We found this fun piece at Homegoods and since it’s a small room, I decided to hang it on the wall instead of using a second nightstand.  For a small guest room it works great as a place for a clock and a few display items.

The Montgomery House - Upstairs Guest Room WM 1

The Montgomery House - Upstairs Guest Room WM 4

This was an amazing house for me to work on, you can see the rest of it here.  I had so much fun with these clients (and friends) and it was even more fun going back on two different occasions for photo shoots with Paul.   He really does make my work come to life in a way that I could never share with you otherwise!

Thanks so much for reading!!  Be sure to check back in on Wednesday for my Christmas home tour!!

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Rethinking Home: Rethinking Renovation

Today is the second post in my Rethinking Home series.  Find the first post here.

Today I’m sharing with you a room in my house you’ve never seen before.  Its not in my house tour because, well, I guess I haven’t deemed it house tour “worthy.”  I’d like to do something to it, but I just haven’t figured out what to do yet.  It needs some updating and yet those updates feel overwhelming.

Master Bathroom :: The House of Figs

This would be our master bathroom. Our home was built in the year 2000 and the room hasn’t been touched much since then, except a few cosmetic things. We had wallpaper removed and painted it a neutral color when we first moved in (my favorite gray).  We also added some towel hooks, hung up a few things on the wall, and I always love adding in some greenery.

Greenery in the Master Bath :: The House of Figs

The natural light is nice and I’m so glad the tub and shower surround are white and bright.

Bathroom Vanity :: The House of Figs

The grout is old and cracking, the vanity is low, the countertops are yellowing, and the plumbing needs work.  I’d also love to update those mirrors and light fixtures.  I’m sure the vanity wood is not real wood, because the paint that covers it is peeling off not in the way paint peels.  Vinyl or something I guess?  I don’t really know much about it but it doesn’t seem like something I can just paint over.

Master Bath Cabinets

We had a contractor come look at it and give us an estimate to gut it all and start fresh, keeping the same footprint but really making all our dreams come true for the space.  One of the most concerning parts is a thin crack running all the way down the room that’s also starting to creep up the base of the toilet.  Floor Crack : Rethinking Renovation

The money required was enough to make our jaws drop and since then we’ve done nothing.

But why does it have to be all or nothing? We have decided that this is our house.  Its not perfect and of course it never will be, but we want to invest in it (and fix any issues it has) and I know that bathrooms and kitchens make the most difference for resale value.  We also are the ones living here now, so we’d like to enjoy it for ourselves too and not just fix it up for someone else to enjoy if we sell it one day.

So I just need to rethink this idea of renovation.  Renovation does not have to mean all or nothing.  It can definitely mean doing something and maximizing the results with just a few changes.  I mean, doing something is better than doing nothing, right? I don’t know why I’m having a harder time with this all or nothing thinking in my bathroom, because I was able to do it with our kitchen.

My Kitchen // The House of Figs

There was no major renovation that took place, but we changed out the floors and the backsplash and had the cabinets painted.  We added texture and charm, color and pattern.  I had a vision and then we made it come together on the budget we had.

So for now I’m in the dreaming stages but I’m also trying to think more creatively and open my mind to how I can change this bathroom without thinking it has to be all our dreams coming true or nothing at all. Here are some bathrooms that I love.  You know I’m a contrast girl, but I also love a casual, almost bohemian feeling.

Lonny Bathroom

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Owens & Davis Bathroom

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Bohemian Bathroom

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I’m not exactly sure what will happen in this bathroom, but I know that we don’t plan to go into debt over it and that it doesn’t have to live up to perfection or dream home status to be beautiful and work for us.  While we still plan to wait a while to save up money and dream on Pinterest, we are definitely not waiting to discover oil in our backyard or win the lottery (which would mean it would never happen).  We’re rethinking renovation and in the process rethinking home.  It doesn’t have to be all or nothing!

Rethinking Renovation

What about you?  How have you rethought renovation for your home?  Have you done a facelift to a room that didn’t require a huge, all out Fixer Upper style renovation?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments or see it on instagram!  Tag me (@thehouseoffigs) and use the hashtag #rethinkinghome to share it!

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Weekend Reading- Favorites from Around the Web

Happy Saturday!  We are quickly gearing up for the first day of school around here, but I thought I’d share some of my favorite links with you for your weekend reading.

I am LOVING this before and after post from Amber Interiors.  Here’s my favorite room in the house.  I love the white walls and bold rug.  That antique kilim is so cool and unique, but wouldn’t have been big enough for the space by itself.  The best solution is to layer it over a larger natural fiber rug.  I just love that look and really this whole house is so right up my alley!

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Here’s another fun and colorful house for you.  My friend and I were recently comparing Pinterest boards- hers is FULL of color, and mine is quite neutral (surprise, surprise, ha!).  She described her style as boho-farmhouse and I just LOVE that description. I started doing a little searching and found this gem.  Click here to see the full tour. 

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Now, have I ever told you about my love for Lauren Liess?  She’s one of my favorite designers and her style is so unique and I feel like I can pick it out anywhere.  She and her husband are currently looking for a new home to move to and rennovate with their four children and they came across this amazing old fixer upper.  It ultimately is not going to work out for what they need but the way she describes it and the vision she has for it in this post is just inspiring!  You can see what this home was meant to be through her eyes.  I don’t think I would have the guts to take on a project like that, but there is something wonderful about bringing back to life something that was once thriving.  And how about that kids’ play castle with the working drawbridge?? My jaw dropped when I saw it.

Lauren Liess

 

Next on the list- I’ve got a gallery wall tutorial video in the works for my subscribers and I can’t wait to share it with you! In the meantime though, I am planning and hanging my stairway gallery wall (see before pictures here) and looking for beautiful and meaningful art to use.  Have you see the Naptime Diaries shop?  Every print and canvas is just stunning.  I think this one is my favorite.

Naptime Diaries Print

Do you read The Nesting Place?  She’s one of my favorite bloggers and recently moved into an old fixer upper out in the country.  Here’s a look at her boys’ bathroom before & in progress and I am just loving how it is coming along.  That mirror, the sconces, the planked ceiling!  So great.

The Nester's Bathroom

Lastly, do you listen to podcasts?  I recently discovered Jamie Ivey’s Happy Hour podcast and it is so much fun!  Each week she interviews different women- her friends, authors, bloggers, small business owners- and they talk about everything. It ranges from deep things like spiritual things, motherhood, being a wife, a believer, etc to what they’re currently reading, watching on TV, favorite brand of lip gloss, pair of shoes, everything!  Its like a fun conversation with your closest girlfriends and I end up inspired and encouraged every time.  I listen to it while I’m driving, folding laundry, whatever.  Actually the other day while my littlest was napping, I cleaned out my entire closet while listening to her most recent episode, ha!  You’ve really got to check it out.  My favorite episodes so far are the ones with Emily Lex from Jones Design Company, Jen Hatmaker, and Susie Davis.

The Happy Hour

That’s it for now. Hope you have a great weekend!  Its going to be a bit of an emotional one for us- our daughter is starting Kindergarten on Monday!  Our oldest is in second grade so it feels a little bit easier this second time around, but I think I’m still in a bit of denial and its not going to hit me until Monday morning!!  Anyone else know what I mean???  Say a prayer for me if you think about it. 😉

Thanks for reading, Happy Saturday.

xoxo

Bethany

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The Boy’s Bathroom {The Montgomery House}

I told you I’d share that fun bathroom with the classic black and white floor soon!  Here was the peek of it I shared last week, looking in from the boy’s room…

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And now here’s more of the craftsman detailing of this sweet little bathroom…The House Of Figs - The Montgomery House-8WM Small

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The cabinetry is painted Benjamin Moore’s Chelsea Gray and the walls are my favorite Silver Dollar by Olympic. The shower curtain is from West Elm.  The ABC letters were found in Round Top.  The big clock is from Pottery Barn. The deer art was found at HomeGoods by my client- as well as the other frame which contains two vintage baseball cards!  She had a mat cut to fit.  Isn’t that just so cute for a boy’s room or bathroom?  This is actually a jack and jill bathroom, so the room with the tub and shower opens to another room with an identical sink area that is off a guest room.  We’ll tour that room one day… click here for more of the Montgomery House tour if you’re new here!

Thanks for reading!

Bethany

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