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Fear vs. Ambition vs. All or Nothing Thinking

Aka the world’s longest blog post title.

I get asked a lot how my business is going.  I so appreciate friends being interested in my work!  And my answer varies.  In fact, sometimes I’m not really sure how to answer.  I do still take clients and I do still work.  My littlest guy is in school two days a week now so that has opened up some time to work.  Its also shown me that I don’t enjoy working the entire time he’s at school and that for my own sanity I enjoy taking some of that time to do other things like grocery shop and clean my house, listen to podcasts & music, or just watch tv.  I know that all of this is a complete luxury and for that I’m very grateful.  Not all women have the option of choosing when and how much to work and I’m aware of that.  So I say all of this out of that knowledge and with a grateful heart of the situation I’m in.

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A gallery wall layout I’ve been working on with a client.


Sometimes I wonder why I haven’t pursued my business more, why I haven’t taken it “to the next level.”  Why don’t I feel a drive to grow my client base, make things more “official,” etc?  Some of it, I think for sure, is a little bit of fear.  I don’t actually know much of anything about business.  I know what I’ve taught myself about design, I know what I love to do, and that’s about it.  I struggle with pricing myself and how much my service should be worth.  I struggle at times with “selling” my ideas and my view of design because I truly believe it is SO subjective.

I admire my favorite designers like Lauren Liess, Shea McGee, Emily Henderson.  They all work so hard and have such a defined style and client base.  I wonder about what it must take to get to that point.  What kind of ambition, sacrifices, hours of hard work, constant learning from mistakes, networking, etc has it taken?

I told myself at the beginning of this year when my littlest started preschool I was going to take the year to decide if I was really going to “go for it” in that sense.  That I would pray, work, use the year to educate myself in the business world some and then decide: will I go for it or will I just stop? I’ve spent so long just sort of awkwardly wavering in between.  Always on the edge of fear and ambition.

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A playroom/homeschool moodboard currently in process.

And so I have done exactly that over the past few months.

I’ve prayed, I’ve read, I’ve taken on some new projects, I even signed up for a design business class with Holly Mathis (another designer who’s work I truly admire!!) that will happen later this month.  More on that later, for sure.

And now I find myself in a little different mindset: does it really have to be all or nothing?

I read Present over Perfect recently (more on that later, too) and I resonated with so much of it.  If you’ve read it you know it speaks a lot to the workaholic (which I am not).  But it also speaks to remembering to be present in the moments when you’d rather distract or numb.  I can often find myself being lazy and/or afraid, desiring to numb rather than face whatever’s really going on.  And that distracts from my goal of doing this work thing intentionally.  That’s the word that’s coming to me in this season.  That’s how I desire this to be whether its small or big or nothing at all.  Whatever it is, I want it to be thoughtful and intentional.  Not haphazard and certainly not motivated by fear.

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A simple neutral guest room also in process right now.

So for now I work in a small way.  And I’m discovering thats okay.  It doesn’t mean I’m afraid.  I can work in confidence and take on what I feel capable taking on.  I want to take on what is good for our family and then say no.   I’m still learning how that looks for now, but anyway, that’s the long answer to “how’s your work going?” in case you ever wondered. 🙂

If you’ve read this far, you get a trophy now.  Thanks, friends, I’ll be back soon.

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.

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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A Spa Inspired Master Bedroom

Recently I created this moodboard for a master bedroom for new clients of mine.  They already had this beautiful headboard and duvet cover, but the rest of it needed some help to feel finished and put together.  They wanted a spa inspired space; relaxing and serene, inspired by the blues and greens in the duvet.

Spa Inspired Master Bedroom // The House of Figs

As you can see below, they already had some great things going for them- like those beautiful wood floors!   I wanted to keep everything mostly neutral and bring in some texture and metallics for visual interest.  I felt like the lamps were a little too small- I love a big lamp with some nice presence!  And the bedside tables, while they matched the bedding, they really didn’t play into the feeling we were trying to create- I wanted something a little more sophisticated, serene, and maybe even shimmery and reflective, like pools of water in a spa.  These were more like “look at me, I’m blue, and I match.”  They are totally cute and would work in a more eclectic and colorful space- and in fact she moved one of these to her guest room and it looks adorable- but if we really wanted the colors of the duvet to shine, I feel like we needed everything else to be a neutral and textured background.

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This TV wall needed an update as well.  The clients needed a dresser and wanted to keep their TV.  Obviously the dresser is not the right scale for the space, but of course sometimes we just use what we have and it works for the time being!  They were ready to update it though so I can’t wait to show you how we changed this wall (and the rest of the room).Master Bedroom // BeforeSorry to keep you in suspense, but I’ll be back later this week with the after pictures! 🙂

Thanks for reading!

xoxo

Bethany

 

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Contemporary & Casual, The Spring Valley House

I’ve been working on a home that I’m calling the “Spring Valley House” for a former client that recently moved to a new home.  I say new, but its actually an older home, built in the 1950s.  While the home had been remodeled in the past, it still felt pretty dark in some places and needed some remodeling to the kitchen as well as some paint updates.  Here you can see some before pictures.

    

Even with that wall of beautiful windows, the kitchen still felt dark and somewhat closed off from everything else.  To really make it light and bright, the contractors had their work cut out for them- there was a bit of wall knocking down to do and then everything went white.  We decided on Benjamin Moore’s Abalone at 50% for the walls everywhere else. Below is the kitchen and breakfast room plan we came up with.

Kitchen and Breakfast Moodboard- The House of Figs

Here’s the moodboard for the rest of the living area- the dining room, entryway, etc.  They love blue and we added in some coral, grays, lots of white also, and a little black for contrast.  Contemporary & Casual The House of Figs

I went last week for the first part of the install and while they didn’t have all their furniture and the electrician hadn’t been by to install all the light fixtures yet, things are definitely coming along!  The kitchen looks beautiful with its new marble countertops and I can’t wait to finish everything up and get Paul in there to take some real photos.  For now, these “after” iPhone shots will have to do.

 My absolute favorite part of this house?  This little vestibule entryway covered in this beautiful wallpaper from Hygge and West.  The contractors were installing it when I arrived and they did an amazing job- see how it even covers the lightswitch plate?  Just stunning!  I’m not finished styling this area and in fact we ended up switching this print for a mirror to really reflect the light and that beautiful pattern, but I just wanted to share how its coming along.Foyer // The House of Figs

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I’ll keep you updated on the Spring Valley house because of course I can’t wait to show you this kitchen in all its new white and bright-ness!

I’m slowing down the blogging a bit right now as I prepare for the switch behind the scenes to my “new and improved” site. Thanks for your patience and for your continued support!!  <3  I’m hoping to make the switch in August and will keep all of you updated.  The web address will stay the same and if you’re already subscribing via email you will continue to receive email updates with hopefully no interruptions.  If you are not subscribing and would like to- you can do that in the sidebar to the right of this post by clicking the “follow” button.  Thanks so much for reading!

Bethany

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The Montgomery House Mud Room & Laundry Room

This post is really all about going from dreams to reality.

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I created this moodboard about two years ago before I had any idea what I was doing or how any of this would turn out.  I made it using a free app on an iPad and taking screen shots of all sorts of pictures on Pinterest.  There were no real sources listed for my client, just concepts and ideas (if anyone can source these pictures, please let me know, I’d love to give credit where credit is due!)  My client and friend trusted me so much and she and I together made it happen many many months later.  She had an amazing builder who at times (I’m sure) thought we were crazy but just did what we asked based off pictures she gave him.

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Mud Room

This is the beginning of a series of posts featuring after pictures of The Montgomery House.  If you click the tag “Montgomery House” at the bottom of this post, you can see some of the other moodboards I’ve done for this house as well as progress throughout the building process. Thanks for reading and for all your support!! <3

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A Textured, Graphic Living Room

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This living room had all the bare bones, it just needed a little pulling together. As you can see, she already had a great rug, some great neutral couches, and a lovely color on the wall. They had experimented with some different patterns on the pillows and knew they wanted more pattern and a little bit of color. I felt like we just needed some more texture and varying/contrasting patterns to make it work.

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I love that gray pouf she already had!  And the little office nook area below is just lovely!  That little blue piece below is housing all of the equipment for the TV which is above the fireplace, but not pictured. We needed a better solution that felt more to scale for that little tricky spot.IMG_8525

We also worked on this little foyer area just off the living room.  Its not really a foyer, but just an entry into the living room.  Below is the moodboard with a mix of ideas I had just for this little special spot…including my favorite little Ikea Kallax!

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I’ll be back later this week with the after pictures!

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A Colorful Home Office {After}

The other day I shared with you the moodboard and the before pictures of this family of five’s home office and today I am so excited to share with you the results!

The House of Figs Office
Here you can see how the room flows from the living room. Beyond just the office area, we also did the map/gallery wall just past the sofa seen in the picture below. We used maps and pictures from places they have traveled.Room-3 Room-5 Room-7 Room-8 Room-10 Room-11 Room-12 Room-13

One more of the whole space, because I just love all the color and light here.  Its pretty, fun, and functional now and I just love how it turned out! Room-3

By the way, I told you in the last post that this client is a talented photographer.  Check out her site at www.littlelambphoto.com if you are local and looking for someone who does great work! You might even find my family’s portraits there. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

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