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The Seasons of Home

I’ve been a wife for 11 years now and a mother for 7.  I know that’s not a lot compared to some, but even still, I feel like we have gone through several different seasons already.  While there are still many, many, more to come, I love reflecting back and seeing how the seasons have affected my home and my attitude towards it. We have three kids and our middle one just started Kindergarten.  So all of a sudden I find myself at home with just one little guy- and he takes a long nap in the afternoon!  Quite a change from the busy summer I had with three home all day!

The first season for me as a mom was with this little guy.  He was and is so easy going.  My days were quiet and simple.  Lots of playing on the floor with cars and trains.  Lots of Lightening McQueen and swinging on the back porch.

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 Not long after came our second- a girl (they were two years apart) and I was thrown into a new season.  No more quiet; it definitely felt more like chaos. The house looked slightly like a daycare during the day. Breastfeeding and potty training were my life.  Oh yeah, and I didn’t sleep much.

Santa  This is us visiting Santa at our little tiny neighborhood library where we used to live. Both kids look thrilled, don’t they? As hard as that season was though, I look back at it so fondly now.

We moved to a new city and the kids got a little bigger, and a little more independent. A different season. You might recognize this kitchen?

Kitchen // The House of Figs

 Just as were adjusting to this new phase, along came baby number three and we decided I would homeschool our oldest.  I know that sounds crazy, but at that age, the baby was pretty laid back- plus he couldn’t go anywhere! He hung out with us in our schoolroom upstairs while I did lessons with my oldest.  My daughter played or colored or sometimes watched TV.  There were lots of Chickfila and park playdates with friends, lots of trips to the gym (I needed a break somehow!) and I’m not really sure how I did it, but I remember that year fondly as well.

Schoolroom // The House of Figs The next year my oldest started public school for first grade.  There’s a lot that went into our decision to stop homeschooling and I won’t go into all of that here.  Needless to say we prayed about it a lot and felt it was the right choice.  But what I will say is once again- new season.  I now had two at home.  I decided to do preschool at home with my daughter, which felt easier since I had done a year with my son already.  I hadn’t loved being isolated upstairs in the playroom and wanted us to be in the open downstairs, so we used the dining room for our lessons this time.  I found this old piece of a hutch in Round Top and we hung it on the wall for all of our supplies.  The dining room took on an art room/homeschool room feeling and a few days a week she and I would work on letters, numbers, and do some simple crafts.

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Even the boys got into it.  And we still have this room set up like this, by the way!

artroom // The House of Figs

At this point, our upstairs schoolroom turned into more of a playroom and guest room (that’s a futon). We stuck their art on the wall like wallpaper and the other half of the room is full of toy storage.

Playroom // The House of Figs

Just this morning, we dropped off our oldest two in school.  The house is a lot quieter right now.  My day today has been so similar to what it was 7 years ago with that first little boy.  We had a playdate with some friends and then we came home and played with some cars on the floor.  I thought he might be sad to not have his brother and sister around but he seemed perfectly content (excited even) to get the toys all to himself.

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I’ve got some extra time to myself in the afternoons now while he naps.  There are a few projects around the house that I’m planning to get to.  The first one involves some purging- getting rid of some of the excess and maybe trying to organize some things.  I want to go into that a little more but that will have to be a whole different blog post.

For now I just wanted to leave you with this.  What season are you in and does your home reflect that? Is your home working for you?  I’ve got bookshelves in my living room full of toys and kids books.  My home is not a show room.  Its never been in a magazine.  But yet beauty is important to me.  You knew that already if you’ve read this blog for any amount of time.  I’ve tried to strike a balance between beauty and purpose here.  Keeping my family in mind means that I design with our season of life in mind.  It works for us.  Its a balance of beauty and purpose for our family.

Thanks so much for reading!

Bethany

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A Master Bedroom

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I’ve had many inspirations over the years (mostly bloggers) but for this room one specifically comes to mind- Melaine over at My Sweet Savannah has a beautiful home (and blog!) and her master bedroom inspired me to do this deep brownish gray wall color several years ago and to center my bed between the two windows and use the long white curtains.  Once again they are the Ikea Ritvas!  I love those things!  One question to my 26 year old self though- why oh why did I not buy some matching lamps?

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Our First Home

We lived here for seven years.  This place was decorating school for me.

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Of course I still have a lot to learn, but those seven years taught me a lot. I can’t tell you how many times I painted that living room until it ended up this shade of gray!  I didn’t even know gray was what I was trying to go for when I painted it a brownish shade of beige that looked like a Wendy’s Frosty in good light and a band-aid in bad light.  Yikes.  I just had this greige-ish vision in my head and had to make it come alive! Olympic’s Silver Dollar, still one of my absolute favorite and most recommended paint colors, is what I ended up with.  Its actually now the color of my kitchen cabinets- I’ll show you those one day!

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Those striped curtains are the Ikea Ritva curtains with a dark navy stripe painted on, just like I did in my daughter’s room.

Dining Room 1

I wish I had better blog worthy, portfolio worthy photos for you here but these were actually the photos we took when we were selling the house!  My style has changed a lot and it was fun when we moved to incorporate a lot of the same pieces but with a different feel.  We loved that little 1200 square foot house and it served us well but there were things we were ready to say goodbye to as well.  That window in the dining room was the only window for the whole living area.  So when we looked for houses my main goal was natural light and lots of it.  Also, we installed those wood floors ourselves and they sure looked beautiful, but if you’ve ever had dark wood floors and small children, you know its so hard to keep them clean!  So that changed a little as well.

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A Nursery for a Baby Girl

Two short years after the nursery I shared with you yesterday, we found ourselves preparing for a baby girl…

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By this time around, I had discovered my love for LONG curtains, hung high and wide.  My absolute favorite still to this day are Ikea Ritva curtains.  I stenciled the design onto these with fabric paint.

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Custom stenciled curtains

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Thanks for reading!  This won’t be all nurseries, I promise… next up, the rest of my former house.

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The Nursery that Started it All

This was before the days of Pinterest- back in the time when you had to actually read a blog and flip through a Pottery Barn Kids catalog to prepare for your baby coming!  Some of you may recognize this tree painted on the nursery wall- copied right out of aforementioned catalog, circa 2007.  I already told you my husband was uber-creative- he painted the whole thing, freehand!

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I cringe at that valance that matches the bedding and is hung so low… DSC02444 DSC02468 DSC02450 DSC02448 DSC02441

There are definitely things I would change if I did this room all over again, but I love, love, LOVE seeing these pictures.  I took these right before we turned this room into a big boy room.  We needed the crib for our baby girl who was on her way.

This room: the sweet little lamp, the poorly hung valance, the well painted tree, was the background of our life. The life that included that sweet haircut-needing toddler dumping out puzzle piece after puzzle piece, having ear infection after ear infection, requesting lullabye after lullabye.  You know how it is.  Beauty has a purpose.

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Up next… that baby girl’s room?  Or the big boy room?  Or maybe a tour of some other rooms in the old house?

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