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Current Inspiration

So I haven’t blogged in a while. But I’m still around, I’m still here! And its actually because I’ve been working more!  You may remember I took last year to kind of decide where I was headed with this design business thing. I took a class that led to all sorts of inspiration. I was doing lots of small consults, one room at a time kind of work.

This year I find myself with two big full house projects happening at once and a couple more waiting in the wings. They are both with dream clients and I’m learning so much as I work, pushing my boundaries further and further into areas that have intimidated me in the past. I’m loving it and finding the courage that I can do this.

The community of support I found in taking that class has really helped, along with a few more connections I’ve made since then.  I think I felt isolated a lot last year, wondering if I was actually doing this thing the right way.  Its nice to have community.   Plus, Paul is my constant encouragement and support- he has always believed in me and never once doubted even when I’m doubting myself.  Its amazing to have support like that.

Anyway, that’s enough for now about where I’ve been. I thought I’d share today a bit of what’s inspiring me lately for these projects…

First up this beautiful shot of a project by Marie Flanigan Interiors.  I love the contrast of light and dark.  All the different textures, wood tones, subtle pattern.  Its modern and traditional at the same time.


Next, are you familiar with Addison’s Wonderland?  She has an incredibly unique older home that they renovated and it is just bursting with pattern and color.  I love how she uses white walls to balance her love of color.  I also love all the brass and the black vent hood and ceiling in the living room picture below.



This kitchen is majorly inspiring me for a project I’m working on.  Especially that deep green cabinetry.  Green is the thing right now and Studio McGee does it right in this gorgeous kitchen.  I also love all the mixed metals and warm wood tones.


Here’s another beautiful use of a deep green in this bedroom from Traditional Home.


And lastly, if you follow my Instagram stories, you saw that my old kitchen faucet broke last week. We’ve replaced it temporarily with a $17 one from Home Depot while I research and figure out what the permanent solution will be.  Meanwhile I’m all eyes for the art in this kitchen from Domino.  And you know I’m talking about that faucet:


So that’s what’s up for now.  Follow me on Pinterest if you’d like to see more of the inspiration for these projects!



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Loving Lately

We are having some very LONG days of summer lately- its so hot we can barely go outside unless we are in a pool.  Its safe to say we are all looking forward to school starting in a few short weeks, though I know I’ll miss theses kids when they’re gone all day!

I know I haven’t blogged much at all this summer, but I thought I’d pop in and share a quick post about a few things I’ve been loving lately.  I like to do that every once in a while (you can see my previous posts here).

Christy Nockels has a new podcast that’s really been inspiring. She interviews guests, but my favorite part is the beginning when she just share some of what’s been going on in her life and what God’s been teaching her either currently or in the past.  Its been good for my soul and I’m so enjoying it.


My daughter and I went to see Wicked, along with several of the women in our family and it was SO GOOD.  She and I both loved it so much and have since downloaded all the music and she even bought her own cd so she could listen to it in her room.  If you’ve never seen it or don’t have the music, you can download it on Amazon music for free if you have Prime!


I visited Magnolia Market a few weeks ago (which I will eventually blog about and share more pictures) but my favorite purchase by far was this new summer candle.  It has been burning so much in our house lately and I’m sad to say its almost gone.  The scent is amazing and really fills the house which is hard to do with our high ceilings.


Do you like to drink wine?  An old friend of mine from college has the cutest blog and she’s doing a series on wine- learning about different varieties (is that even the right word, haha??) and pairing.  I like a nice glass every once in a while but I don’t know much about it, obviously.  I love the way Amy writes and I’m looking forward to her posts!

The beach.  We went for just a few days this summer and even though it was such a short trip, it reaffirmed my love for the sand and the shore.  I will never tire of it.  The sights, the sounds, the smell.  Its my happy place.  (And it also reminded me of this great book that I am now rereading.)


Lastly, the Olympics!!  Are you watching?  We are big fans over here, but we are also pretty exhausted every night and barely making it the end.  I’m not a big sports person, but I just love learning all the back stories and seeing all their hard work come to fruition on a world stage.  It feels so monumental. And Team Refugee this year?  Just amazing.

So what’s going on with you this summer? I’d love to hear what you’ve been enjoying, reading, watching, or doing!  I do have plans for the blog this fall when I have a little more time to devote to it, so though I’ve taken a break, know I’m not completely gone. 🙂  Hope to hear from you!


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Three Things on a Thursday

Hey there!  I’ve been away for a while, but today I’m back with three things, perhaps random, but its what we’ve been up to lately…

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I was just on a quick trip with my husband, Paul to the midwest.  We were there for my cousin’s wedding, but since our 12th anniversary was a few weeks ago and my 33rd birthday was just last week we decided to make a little extra celebration out of it and stayed in Chicago a little longer just the two of us.

Cloud Gate



Our favorite thing about traveling together is food.  While we are eating a meal we are literally planning where we will eat our next meal.  And Chicago has got some great eats.  The weather was not the greatest, but we definitely got to experience why its called “the windy city.”  Check out Paul’s Instagram for more pictures.


Amazing cinnamon rolls at an adorable Swedish breakfast spot

City View

Stunning sunset views from the Hancock building

Next up, we’ve been having fun taking some new pictures for HandUp Global Goods.


This company has a special place in our hearts and I’d love for you to take some time and read about them and maybe even find a bracelet or two when you get a chance.  I’ve blogged about our photos for them before here. Creating these photos has been such a fun way for us to combine my love of design and fashion along with Paul’s skill and creativity behind the camera.

I bought some grocery store flowers and a few props and had no idea where things would end up.  We knew we wanted springy, fun, and colorful but just went from there.



Our old white Corian countertops have come in quite handy as a backdrop.


You can see a few more of the pictures on HUGG’s Instagram and Facebook pages.

Lastly, have you seen the new line for kids’ bedrooms at Target?  Maybe I’m late to the party here but its called Pillowfort and is so adorable.


They’ve got bedding, rugs, wall decor, adorable pillows, lamps, etc. I’m researching big boy beds and bedding for my littlest (*sniff *sniff*) and am loving some of these combinations.  Anyone gotten anything from this line yet?  What are your thoughts?

I hope you’re doing well, I’ve missed you all!



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Links for Your Weekend

I’m taking a little break from the Decorating UNschool posts today to share a few links from around the web I’ve enjoyed recently.

I’m currently working on a kitchen remodel with a client and its been so fun picking out finishes and paint colors with her.  We want a modern and simple look on the main cabinets (white Shaker style doors) but something different for the island.  While the rest of this particular kitchen I’ve linked to is a lot more industrial than we are going for, this little sink area is just lovely and so inspiring with the wood tones and more traditional style.  It looks like a piece of furniture stained and added in!  Beautiful.Wood Island

Trends Ideas: Wood in the Kitchen

This article was a good read and led to some interesting discussion in our house.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

Raising a Creative Child

How to Raise a Creative Child. Step One: Back Off

Next up, House of Jade Interiors (formerly 6th Street Design School) was one of the first design blogs I ever read.  To watch Kirsten’s career just take off in recent months has been exciting and a learning experience for me!    I especially love this post that includes a brief video showing some of the installation process at one of her newest projects.  I love that part of design- when all the planning details are in place, the bones of the home are finished, and you actually get to style everything with gorgeous accessories.  Looks like so much fun!

House of Jade

Lastly, Paul and I have recently partnered up with a nonprofit company called Hand Up Global Goods (HUGG).  We did a Valentine’s photo series for them and it was so much fun to flex our creative muscles in a different way.

HUGG Valentine's Day

Hugg Valentine's Day 2

Follow them on instagram @handupglobalgoods and check out their website here to see more of our photos.  You can also learn more about the company and see their current Valentine’s specials.

That’s it for now, hope you have a great weekend and however you may be celebrating, hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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A Bit of Ugly

In keeping with my post earlier this week about 4 elements of design, I’ve been thinking about the idea of contrast more.  This led me to remember a lovely book on my shelf by Deborah Needleman called “The Perfectly Imperfect Home.”  Its a little more rules driven and “professional” than I usually care for (since I am neither!) but it does have some sweet little illustrations and excellent tidbits of advice.

A Big of Ugly
My favorite bit of advice has to do with contrast.  She says that to create a beautiful home, you always need “a bit of ugly.”

Ummm… what?  Ugly?  Yes, that’s right.  And I love it.

 Here’s what she has to say:

“Think about a room in which all the colors are pretty pastels like duck-egg blue and green and cream: the look can go rather dollhouse and saccharine.  If you were to include a little gray, dull black, or faded green, those very same lighter colors would actually look fresher and more dynamic….  Similarly, while most people go overboard on brown furniture, a bit of dreary brown wood, or dull finishes, can be a sobering and stabilizing influence in a space, especially one that has any excess of glamour or girliness.”

So good, right?

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


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3 Things I’m Loving Right Now: Video Edition

We interrupt the holiday cheer to bring you cheer in another form: funny videos.

Every once in a while I like to break out of the box and share some things I’m loving at the moment.  You can find the other installments here.  So today I’m sharing some fun videos that have been floating around the web this week as I’m prepping for a big Nutcracker performance that my kids are in tomorrow and a family gathering at my house tomorrow night.  Hope you enjoy and get a few laughs as well as some inspiration.

Anyone else a Downton Abbey fan?  This had me laughing out loud.  Can’t wait for the new season!

This one gave me a laugh…

…and then I had to ask Paul if he needed to join a support group, haha!

This last one is short but so good.  I relate to these words and I think you other creatives, makers, bloggers, writers, etc will get it, too.

THE GAP by Ira Glass from Daniel Sax on Vimeo.

One last thing… thanks for your sweet comments on my Christmas room tour post earlier this week.  That was so fun.  I’ll be back next week sharing more from the upstairs and the kids room, so be sure to stop by.

The House of Figs

Have a great weekend!

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My Trip to Magnolia Market

Magnolia Market // The House of Figs

Last week a few friends and I drove up to Waco to visit the new Magnolia Market.  If you’re a Fixer Upper fan, you know what I’m talking about but if not, let me introduce you to Joanna and Chip Gaines.


They are the stars of HGTV’s show Fixer Upper and they also happen to be from Waco, TX.  They restore old homes for their clients each week on their show- Chip is contractor/handy-man extraordinaire; Joanna is designer/decorator magnificent; and together they are just the cutest thing you ever saw.  They own their own company and store in Waco and for me its only about a two and a half hour drive.  Since they just recently opened up their new store location a few friends and I decided we make the drive for a visit!


It was a Saturday and so it was very crowded. We had to wait in a line just to get in the store.  The line wove through a large barn full of Joanna’s favorite antiques dealers though so that was a fun diversion!



Once inside it was still extremely crowded, but we were there to see it all, so we took our time and didn’t mind the crowds.  Everything was styled to perfection.  We came on a cold rainy day.  There was Christmas music playing and while there were still some autumn decor items available, the Christmas decor was out as well.  Here are some of my favorite scenes from the shop.





This Christmas banner was not for sale, but I love the simplicity of it so much and have been thinking about how to recreate it!




How gorgeous is this Christmas mantle display??


These looked very similar to the Paper Source wrapping papers I have framed before!



One of my favorite displays… just gorgeous…


And then we got to meet Joanna’s mom!  She was so sweet and let us take a picture with her.


The grounds outside the shop are gorgeous as well.  There are food trucks and picnic tables, but it was just so cold and rainy so we decided to eat elsewhere.

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 If you have no idea who Chip and JoJo are, you may be a little disappointed with how small the store is or how huge the crowd is but if you live nearby and you’re a fan of the show, I definitely recommend a trip.  It was a super fun day trip getaway for us.  I even knocked a few items off my Christmas shopping list!


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