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5K and a Giveaway!

Updated to add: Giveaway is now closed.  Winner is @nicholeklawer.  Thank you to all who entered!!  I encourage you to consider these small businesses for your Christmas shopping this year!!!

This week on Instagram I’m celebrating a milestone of reaching 5,000 followers.  I know its not about the numbers, but having started out with zero back in February, this feels like a reason to celebrate!  My journey of blogging and ‘gramming has been so fun for me and to have “met” so many new friends and get encouraged and inspired by them everyday has just been the icing on the cake.

So to celebrate, today I’m hosting a giveaway!  All three of these companies fit in so well with the whole “beauty and purpose” thing and I’m so excited to share them with you.The House of Figs Giveaway

Especially with Christmas just around the corner, these three shops would be some great ones to remember for your shopping!  The larger print is from Naptime Diaries, which you may have heard of.  This is an 11 by 14 print of 2:Corinthians 1:20.  I just love all the color!Naptime Diaries Giveaway

Next up is a T-shirt and hand-made bracelet from a company that has completely stolen my heart, Hand Up Global Goods.  One bracelet equals one day’s fair wages for their artisans, former street children in Haiti.  The company has partnered with orphanages actively seeking sustainable solutions for teens transitioning out of their program.  The company’s story begins with 8 young men transitioning out of Grangou, an orphanage in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince.  Read more about this company and see their other products on the website here.

HUGG GiveawayI absolutely LOVE this t-shirt. It is so soft and comfortable.  If you win, you get to pick your size!  And this bracelet is one of my favorites from the Hand Up site- the Akolad triple wrap.

HUGG Giveaway

Next up, a 5 x 7 print from another small business, Tone and State on etsy. Lauren makes beautiful hand lettered and modern paper goods and this is just one of her stunning pieces.  She also has gorgeous wrapping paper sets!  You’ve got to check out her  shop here.

Tone and State Giveaway

So how can you win all these hand-made and beautiful goodies?  Since its an Instagram celebration, I’m doing it all over there.  Head on over to my feed here and look for the Giveaway post to find out how to enter.

Giveaway : The House of Figs

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Weekend Reading: Favorites From Around the Web

Happy Friday!  Will you be Christmas decorating this weekend or do you wait until after Thanksgiving?  We are strict waiters around here because we love to cut down a fresh tree either the Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving. I also start to feel a little crazy when the Christmas decor has been out for too long so in order for it to keep some of its magic I wait.  Anyone else get overstimulated by the extra stuff in your house or is that just me?

So since I’m not preparing for Christmas decorating, I’m doing some weekend reading and catching up with some of my favorite blogs.  I thought I’d share with you a few of my recent finds…

First off…

We Are More Than the Worst Thing We’ve Done by Jamie Ivey

Jamie Ivey

Next, The Nester made a video about sofa styling!  She talks about pattern and texture and how your throw and your pillows and your couch are like three friends working together.  Love it. Check out her post and cute video here.

Style a Sofa You Hate

Oh and speaking of Christmas, have you seen this video from Ikea (of all places??)?  A good reminder as we enter this season.  Warning, get your tissues out for this one!

Do you read Design Mom?  She does these wonderful Living with Kids home features and her latest one is one of my favorites.  Aside from having a beautiful home, the family featured also has a greenhouse that their kids use for painting and art. What an amazing spot to allow for creativity and not have to worry about cleaning up the mess!  Find the rest of the tour here.


Lastly, I am just in love with this window seat and built-in reveal by Brit over at House Updated.  Check out her post here that gives lots more pictures and all the details of this beautiful space in her living room.  While you’re at it check out the rest of her blog, too, she’s got some great stuff happening!

House Updated

That’s it for now.  Whether you’re Christmas decorating or not this weekend, I hope you have a great one!



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Decorating with Books Part Two

A couple weeks ago I shared a post on decorating with books along with links to some of my favorite ones.  You can find that here. This week I wanted to show you some of my favorite ways to use them!

There is of course, the bookcase approach.  I’ve got some books lined up traditionally and some stacked horizontally.  They are not arranged by color but by subject because that’s just natural and useful for us. Decorating with Books // The House of Figs

These are floating shelves above the desk in our bedroom.

Decorating with Books // The House of Figs

This stunning photo was featured in Better Homes and Gardens and is from Edie at Life In Grace.  I love her use of books and color throughout her home!

Decorating with Books / The House of Figs

Below is from the little boy’s room in The Montgomery House I worked on several months ago.

The thing about books is they don’t stick to a color scheme.  They provide un-matching and natural color to a room that makes it come alive. If you love to read, don’t feel like you have to hide your books!

Decorating with Books // The House of Figs

This one is from my youngest son’s nursery.

Nursery // The House of Figs

I think my philosophy about books can be said of anything you love, really.  Decorate your home with the things you love and it will fall into place.  Don’t feel like you have to stick to what is trendy or what belongs in a certain style or color scheme.  Use things you love, things that you collect, things you are drawn to.  This is what gives a home its unique and lived in feel and what separates it from a showroom or catalog that has no character or life.

How gorgeous and unique are these children’s classics?  I think I’d like to start a collection of them.

Decorating with Books // The House of Figs

Another place I like to use books?  Underneath lamps.  It seems I can never get a lamp tall enough.

Decorating with Books // The House of Figs

Books on coffee tables- love!  Right now we are in a season of life where the coffee table needs to stay pretty empty, but if I could style my coffee table with pretty and interesting books, I would.

Decorating with Books // The House of Figs


In this living room, I used baskets underneath to fill with kids’ books and puzzles to add in some color.  On top we had a tray for magazines- they act similarly to books in providing color that doesn’t have to stick to a scheme.

Living Room :: The House of Figs

Mantles could use some books too! Mine is pretty shallow and right above it is our TV, so I don’t use books there, but you definitely could.  This picture is from an episode of Fixer Upper by the fantastic Joanna Gaines.  These books aren’t colorful, but look like something you could find in a used book store or antique shop.

Decorating with Books // The House of Figs

This last one is a fantastic example of using books to bring color to an otherwise neutral room.  Cover up those sunflowers and books and you lose so much of what makes this room so special!  Anyone remember Brooke White from American Idol years ago? Find more of her fun home tour here.

Decorating with Books // The House of Figs

So what about you?  Do you use books in your home?  I’d love to hear how you bring what you love into your decorating!



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Decorating with Books

Its no secret that I love to decorate with books. I’ve said it in a few different posts now- books add real life color to a room.  They don’t adhere to a color scheme, they just hold their own beauty and color (and purpose, of course too!).  They prevent a room from feeling too matchy matchy and help it to feel realistic and lived in- less like a show room and more like a home.

Apart from decorating with books I also really enjoy reading them!  I thought today I’d share with you some of my favorite books- decorating and a few others.  If you click on the link just below the covers, it will take you directly to the Amazon page where you can read more about the book, see more pictures, etc.

First up, I love to find a great decorating book.  Not only are they full of lots of eye-candy and inspiration on the inside, they also are beautifully designed on the outside and make a great piece for a coffee table, shelf, stacked under a lamp, vase, on a mantle, really anywhere. Here are my top 6 decorating books that I have in my home right now. Favorite Decorating Books : The House of Figs1. Young House Love // 2. Domino, The Book of Decorating // 3. The Perfectly Imperfect Home

4. Design Sponge at Home // 5. Decorate, 1,000 Ideas for Every Room // 6. The Nesting Place 

Here are three more that I don’t have but I just cannot wait to get my hands on.  Emily Henderson was the winner of HGTV’s Design Star several years ago and I can’t get enough of her style.  Lauren Liess, author of Habitat, is quite possibly my favorite designer.  Her style has influenced mine greatly over the years. I loved reading her blog as she was writing this book, planning the cover, coming up with the title, etc.  I am really geeking out over it, as you can probably tell, haha!  And Livable, Lovable Home is by the same authors as one of my favorites above.  They also started out as DIY and home bloggers.

Books I Want to Read : The House of Figs

1. Styled // 2. Lovable Livable Home // 3. Habitat: A Field Guide to Decorating

These next three still have quite beautiful covers but don’t have much to do with decorating.  However, they have recently influenced my views on creativity and finding my art and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading them.  The first two are more current, but Gift from the Sea was written in the 50s by the wife of Charles Lindbergh.  Its quite interesting though and she has a lot of relevant things to say about making time for creativity and finding your art.  I find myself nodding my head and underlining things on almost every page.

Books I Love : The House of Figs

 1. Bread & Wine // 2. One Thousand Gifts  // 3. Gift From the Sea

So there’s my list! What about you?  Do you use books to decorate your home or just to read?  Have any to add to this list?  I’d love to hear!



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