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Thoughts Lately

Hey guys, its been a while.  I’ve had some posts brewing in my mind lately but how to push past the months long hiatus without some kind of explanation?  I was a bit burned-out.  Feeling dry.    I realized I had let some things slide in my own household while I worked on other homes.  I grew discontent with my own home while I perused Pinterest in search of what would make certain rooms just “perfect.”  I over stuffed our closets and drawers, looked with angry eyes at our comfy old couch, and just plain forgot about my love of lighting candles and playing music in the house.  Its like I just forgot about the whole beauty and purpose thing.  It was weird and it wasn’t me.

The truth is I took a break this summer from most things “work” related.  I took on a few projects that were simple and enjoyable to me, like a precious miracle-baby’s gallery wall here…

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And I took on a few projects around our house that I had neglected that I do want to show you.  I pondered ideas about minimalism and how we stuff our lives with stuff that we don’t truly care about in order to fill some kind of hole within us and that this practice actually has a much wider negative impact than we ever imagined (here’s a simple explanation of the idea behind minimalism that I love from a blogger I love as well).

But in the meantime I rediscovered what got me started in this whole thing in the first place- my love of beauty and my love of home.  One of the things that really helped in my thought process was this article by Emily from Jones Design Company.  She had just returned from a months long road trip around the country, and after living in an airstream trailer with her family of five she was wondering how she’d feel about returning to all of their stuff.  Would she despise it and long for the simpler life on the road?  Would she give it all away?  Would stuff even matter anymore or would absolute minimalism be the way for her? Here are my favorite quotes from the article:

Our homes are here to serve us. They are meant to be a place of comfort, protection and joy. They are where we do life, where we invite others in, where we gather and grow. They are the backdrop of our lives and important ones at that.

The idea of minimalism has its benefits; there is much to be appreciated and adopted about a life free from excess…

But there is also nothing wrong with surrounding ourselves with the things we love and intentionally filling our homes with beauty…

The goal of our homes is to be comfortable, safe places where we want to spend time and invite others in. Is my house serving me in this way? Is yours?

That’s the important question.

Are our homes doing their job?

I know that everyone is different and after a life changing trip like that, many people will come to different conclusions.  But as a fellow lover of home as well as beautiful things (yes, things), I started looking around my home and wondering how I’d feel after a trip like that.  Would this place feel like home to me?  What were the things driving me crazy here and did I have control over them?  Just a few examples:  my crazy over-stuffed disorganized closets & drawers; my master bedroom that had become a holding place for junk; my living room rug that needed to be replaced; my eleven year old couch that’s a little frumpy and bursting at the seams, but seems to be like that comfy old pair of jeans.  What were the things I could accept and make better not by replacing but by changing my attitude about?  What would make sense to actually replace? What could I roll up my sleeves and do something about without necessarily spending money on but just putting in some old fashioned elbow grease?  What needed to be purged and how could I think even more intentionally about what I bring into our home?

I know I’ve talked about this before and maybe I talk about this a lot.  I guess its just something God is continuing to teach me: contentment is the theme here.  The last thing I need more and more of is stuff.  What I do need more and more of is gratitude, contentment, love, and joy.  These are what make home feel like home.

Thanks so much for reading.  I hope to be back here more and sooner this time. 🙂

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Three Things on a Thursday

Hi everyone! Happy Thursday! Hope you’re having a great week.  Just popping in to say hi and share a bit of life lately!

First up, I know the last time I was here I was talking about boy rooms, but oh how easily I get distracted! Now I’m thinking about girl rooms!  When we moved in, my daughter was still in her crib.  Then shortly after, we got a new mattress and she got our old mattress so it could double as a guest room for family that was coming in town.  I never really “designed” her room.  It just sort of came together with what we had.  Now that the baby is getting older and will be in preschool next year, I’ve been thinking about projects around here I’d like to tackle- one of them being some updates to her room.  I’m thinking maybe about painting, possibly some wallpaper, and I’d love to put a rug in there as well.  She’s also in need of a new dresser as the one she currently has is falling apart.

After researching wallpaper, I came across this fantastic room by House Seven.

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Its actually a peel and stick wallpaper from Chasing Paper.  So fun, right?  Here’s a little mockup showing how I’m envisioning my daughter’s room.

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I’m just in the dreaming stages, but I’ll keep you updated!

Next, one of my favorite bloggers is on a four month road trip!  Do you follow Emily of Jones Design Company?  She and her husband and four kids just left for the journey of a lifetime across the country! I sort of feel like I know her because I’ve been reading her blog for so long (that’s totally not creepy, right? haha!), so its fun to live vicariously through her posts on the blog and instagram for me and see this great adventure unfold!

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Lastly, its almost Mother’s Day, and I just finished this parenting book by Kristen Welch.  Highly recommend if you have children of any age.  She’s relatable, funny, gives practical advice, and challenged me in a good way.  Plus its one of those with a pretty cover… I love books like that.

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That’s it for now.  Hope you have a great weekend and Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there!!

xoxo

Bethany

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Big Boy Room Planning

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As my youngest approaches three, I’ve been looking for inspiration for his room and what to do next.  We went straight from the crib to a twin bed for my oldest son and a queen bed in my daughter’s case– it was our old bed and is used as the guest bed when we have visitors.  But I just can’t decide what to do with Will.  I think because he’s my baby and I’m somewhat in denial.  Also, he’s still just happily sleeping in the crib and has never tried to climb out.

I don’t want to change much in his room, so I’d like to keep the colors and simplicity of it all and just add in a bed and new bedding.

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You can see the rest of his current room here.

Here are a few images I’ve been looking at for inspiration.

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I love all the fun textiles on this built in bed from designer Caitlin Wilson‘s son’s room.

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And how fun is this bright room from Whaling City Cottage?  I love how the bed and bedding is pretty simple.  The walls and the artwork do all the talking here.

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I’m pretty sure this space by designer Nam Dang Mitchell inspired Will’s nursery somewhat for me.  I’ve had this image pinned for a long time.  I love all the colors, pattern, and the richness of that vintage rug.  But yet there’s something about it that feels a little too grown up to me.

When designing a nursery for my babies, it kind of gets to be about me and what I like; then the big kid room is more about the kid.  When you’re creating a nursery, you don’t yet know the personality of your baby.  They don’t have many toys and the ones they have can fit cutely into little coordinating baskets, etc.  As they grow, they start acquiring bigger toys, their own interests, trophies, giant lego creations, posters, etc.  I want to give them a space that feels like it belongs to them that they can add to and create in.  Its got to have enough space to handle the color of their toys, art, books- everything that comes with being a kid.  So no three-four color “schemes.”

I think that idea is what draws me so much to this space, found on HGTV.

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I love how there’s so much color and pattern going on but its not overwhelming.  Its definitely not matcy-matchy, but it works. The toys and artwork feel right at home, as they should.

So those are my thoughts on big boy room planning on this rainy Monday morning!  Changes probably won’t be happening until this summer, but at least I’ve got some ideas flowing.  We are also looking into doing a toddler bed for a while and just delaying a bigger change, so that might be a possibility too.  I’ve never done that before, but like I said, this one’s my baby so things are a little different, haha!  How about you?  How did you change around your kids’ room when getting rid of the crib?

Oh, and all of these rooms I found and pinned on Pinterest.  If you want to check out more of what I’m pinning- follow me here!  Happy Monday!

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Christmas Tour, Part Two

Last week I shared with you our living room and today I’ve got just a little more to share.  I don’t do much Christmas decor anywhere else, but my big kids like to decorate their rooms a little.  They each have their own small trees and ornaments and we also do a little tree with colorful lights in the playroom.
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After she decorated her little tree, my daughter kept saying, “I want it to be MORE Christmassy!!!” Ha!  I dug around my boxes and came up with what I had.  This seemed to make her happy.

Christmas Girl's Room // The House of Figs

Christmas Tour // The House of Figs

Here’s my oldest son’s room- a tree and some garland with twinkle lights.

Christmas Boy's Room // The House of Figs

One of my favorite decorations we have are paper snowflakes.  The first year I started making them, I stayed up super late on Christmas Eve trying to make an Elf-inspired Christmas morning for my kids.

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Ummm, yeah I’m no Buddy the Elf.  I made about eight snowflakes and then went to bed.  But I saved the ones I made, and that winter, my oldest son wanted to learn how to make them too.  Ever since then, he and I have been making more and adding to our collection every year.

Christmas Tour // The House of Figs

Christmas Tour // The House of Figs

I love that these are the cheapest and simplest decorations that I have but they definitely have the biggest impact and were the most fun to make and hang.  Especially on our new black hallway.  There are a million paper snowflake tutorials out there, but we just usually cut willy-nilly and then are surprised when we unfold and see what we made.  There is a little technique in the folding though.  Here’s a great step-by-step tutorial (with pictures!) on how to fold your paper.

Snowflakes // The House of Figs

Thanks so much for stopping by!

To see the first part of the tour, click here.

If you’d like to see my house when its not Christmas time, click here.

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The Montgomery House Playroom

Good morning!  I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!  I’m trying to get back into the swing of things here.  Today I’m sharing another room from the Montgomery House with you.  For those of you that may be new here, this house was one of my first ever professional projects.  I finished the downstairs back in April and then shared it on the blog in a series of posts (find those here) and just recently I went back to finish the upstairs, which includes a large playroom.

This space needed to function as not only a fun place for the family’s little guy, but also provide storage for all the fun stuff, and give a comfortable spot for the grownups to hang out as well.

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You might recognize those big letters?  We bought them from the same vendor in Round Top where I found the “Home” letters in my living room last spring.

Playroom // The House of Figs

They already had the couch but we got a new slipcover for it and added in lots of new pattern and texture with pillows and throws.

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And how cute is this rocking chair?  My client found this and it was a big inspiration for the entire room- kind of a modern take on an old classic.  Those stripes and that beautiful buttery leather would look amazing with just about anything!

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Library Wall // The House of Figs

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On the opposite wall, I created a little hideout/stage area from curtains hanging from the ceiling that you can see to the left here.  Behind that are a few bigger toys that can still be accessed but then also stored out of sight.  We used the train table as sort of a “coffee” table.

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The House of Figs Playroom

Playroom // The House of Figs

These are my favorite Ikea Kallax shelves– I love using them in kids’  spaces.  They’re perfect storage-books on top and bins full of toys on the bottom.

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And how adorable is this little vintage table and chairs they already had?  Perfect for a little guy and all his art supplies.

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This room was so much fun- lots of color, pattern, & texture- plus working with such a sweet and fun family- it’s totally the best!  Paul and I had a blast hanging out and taking these pictures.  Next week I’ll share with you the rest of the upstairs- a guest room and bathroom.

Also, I’ve got Christmas on the brain… how about you?  I’m excited to share with you some pictures and thoughts about all of that- coming soon.

As always, thanks so much for reading!

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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.

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

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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!

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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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