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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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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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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?

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 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!

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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.

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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 Nursery in Lights & Darks

Sharing my sweet baby number three’s nursery today…

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Books are probably my favorite thing to decorate with. You’ll see I use them in most rooms I do. It’s an easy way to add color that’s not matchy-matchy and they just make a room feel alive- not like a showroom house, like a real home where people read and learn and live!

We DIYed the pelmets and hung Ikea curtains with blackout liners behind them. It’s been the perfect solution for those big windows and arches over the windows. This room gets DARK during the day.

The House of Figs- nursery The song 10,000 Reasons, by Matt Redman, was really special to us around the time I was pregnant with Will. It felt like the perfect thing for over his crib. And I wanted it to be a reminder for me when those inevitable early mornings and sleepless nights came… “whatever may pass and whatever lies before me, let me be singing…”

Will's Room_5 The ship painting below I found in a little antique store in downtown Houston. It was painted by the dealer’s father and there’s a little story about him taped to the back of the canvas!  The Lego W was made by Will’s big cousin.

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Will's Room_3 Will's Room_2 The bedding is old and from my seven year old’s nursery but the sheet is new from Pottery Barn.

I removed the other more useful but not so pretty items for the pictures- like the monitor, the sound machine (those things are heaven-sent!!), the diaper genie, and the multitude of pacifiers everywhere, but of course we have those things too.  Below, you can find a list of more resources.

The House of Figs- nursery Paint color: Dover Gray, Dresser : Ikea Hemnes, Rocker: Pottery Barn Kids, Pouf: Amazon, Rusty W: Found in Round Top, TX, Shelves & book racks: Ikea, Lamp: Hobby Lobby, Curtains: Ikea, Pelmets: DIY with black linen from JoAnn’s Fabric, Canvas Art: DIY of some of our favorite song lyrics, Rug: Joss & Main, Round table & Basket: Found at HomeGoods

Thanks for reading! Happy Weekend!

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Nursery Planning

When we first moved in to our house, we weren’t certain this room would become a baby’s room.  But about 6 months later, I was pregnant and what had become a nice little office and guest room, had to start making way for baby number 3! Here’s what the room looked like when we first moved in.  As you can see, lots of natural light.  Not always a great thing in a baby’s room when you’re wanting them to sleep in the middle of the day!.  

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I poured over this picture for hours.  I love the mix of old and new, antiques and baby books, the dark moody walls, the bright rug, just adore.

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Even though I knew I was having a boy, I was still drawn to this space.  As you saw in the before pictures, the room was BRIGHT.  So I needed a window solution.  This embroidered pelmut and coordinating ottoman is so fun.  I also love bamboo shades for texture and grown up lamps in kids’ rooms.

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I love the Ikea Hemnes line, and I was pretty sure we’d be using this dresser in his room, so I loved this picture and how they styled that dresser and added different hardware to it!  And once again, another grown up lamp.

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I pretty much adore anything by designer Lauren Liess.  This was her third baby’s nursery.  Once again the dark, moody walls, and I also loved how she didn’t make it feel super babyish.  Something about that really appealed to me this time around after doing two pretty bright and babyish nurseries before. nurseryinspiration5

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Lastly, even with dark &  moody on my mind, I still couldn’t get away from my love of light and bright.  Plus I was just in love with the look of this rocker and ottoman.

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Stay tuned! Next up, I will share with you how his room turned out!

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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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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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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.

Thanks for reading.

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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