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A Modern Farmhouse Bathroom & Guestroom {The Montgomery House}

Last week I shared with you the Montgomery house playroom that I designed (and you can also read a little of the backstory there on the Montgomery house if you’re new around here).

Today, its on to the rest of the upstairs!

The Montgomery House - Upstairs Bathroom WM 1

Just like the rest of the home, I was going for a modern farmhouse feeling.  The cabinets are painted Benjamin Moore’s White Dove and the walls are Olympic’s Silver Dollar.  You can read more about my favorite neutral paint colors here.  We went with simple shaker style cabinets and a mirror with a reclaimed wood look.

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom

You can just barely make out the shower in the mirror above but below are the tile finishes- the white is inside the shower, the black is the rest of the bathroom floor.

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Tile

The guest room is small and simple, so we wanted to keep it open and fresh- with lots of room for guests and their luggage.  It’s painted the same Silver Dollar as the rest of the house.  My client has a collection of old hand me down quilts and we used one in here on an iron bed frame with simple white sheets and pillow shams.

The Montgomery House - Upstairs Guest Room WM 5

The bamboo shades and collection of baskets on the wall give texture and warmth to the room.

The Montgomery House - Upstairs Guest Room WM 3

We found this fun piece at Homegoods and since it’s a small room, I decided to hang it on the wall instead of using a second nightstand.  For a small guest room it works great as a place for a clock and a few display items.

The Montgomery House - Upstairs Guest Room WM 1

The Montgomery House - Upstairs Guest Room WM 4

This was an amazing house for me to work on, you can see the rest of it here.  I had so much fun with these clients (and friends) and it was even more fun going back on two different occasions for photo shoots with Paul.   He really does make my work come to life in a way that I could never share with you otherwise!

Thanks so much for reading!!  Be sure to check back in on Wednesday for my Christmas home tour!!

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Living Room Tour

I realized I hadn’t really shown you my living room since we made a few updates to it, so today I’m sharing new pictures (along with sources at the end of the post).

Living Room // The House of Figs

The major update is that we sold our round ottoman (see the old pictures here) and replaced it with an actual coffee table.

Living Room // The House of Figs

We loved the ottoman and it was great for when we had littler kids but we had been wanting more space for drinks and books, especially because there really isn’t room for end tables with the sectional.  Also, our older kids are at the age where they like to play games and color in here.  Its been nice to be able to accommodate that now!

Home // The House of Figs

I purged some of the books and rearranged just a few things on the bookshelves.  The bottom few shelves house kids toys and books in baskets and bins.  I love having toy storage in the living room.  More on that later this week.

Bookshelves // The House of Figs

Even though I don’t really do seasonal decorating, I did find a few branches I liked at Hobby Lobby and those pumpkins on the mantle are real ones from the grocery store.  A few of the pillow covers have been changed out too to add to a cozier fall-ish feeling (the weather here in TX is finally starting to match too, hooray!)

Living Room // The House of Figs

Like I shared in this post, I brought down the ottoman from our youngest son’s room and I love having it in here now.  I keep that little side table empty.  Its so nice to have empty space, its just inviting.

Living Room // The House of Figs

Have I mentioned there used to be a window over the fireplace?  That was weird, you can read about that here.

Here are a few of the sources for the room:

Wall color: Olympic Willow Springs

Mantle color: Olympic Silver Dollar

HOME letters: Found in Round Top, TX

Bookshelves: Ikea Hemnes

Coffee Table & white lacquered tray: West Elm

Pouf: Amazon

Curtains: Ikea Ritva

Black & White pillow & blanket: Ikea

Roman Shades: Select Blinds

Gray Chair: Ikea

Rug: Rugs Usa

So that’s it for the living room!  One quick little fun thing… I’ve just recently joined Periscope and yesterday afternoon as Paul was taking these pictures I did a quick little broadcast of behind the scenes of the shoot.  Find me by searching for @thehouseoffigs!  The broadcast is still available for 24 hours after its created.  My camera work was a little shaky- sorry about that.  Still figuring the whole thing out. Are any of you on Periscope?  Come find me!!

xoxo

Bethany

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How I Used Chalk Paint to Update my Banister

I’ve gotten some questions about my banister recently.  I mentioned it briefly in this post about my favorite paint colors and you can also see it here in the post about my art nook but I thought I’d share a little more today about how I actually painted it.

I hated our banister color.  It was this orangey oak.  Here’s the best before picture I could find, I know its small and grainy, but at least you can see the color. bannister before

The thought of sanding and priming all of that sounded awful to me though. All those curves and angles, just ugh!!  I know, I’m totally whining.  Whenever Paul or I get whiny about something that truly doesn’t matter in life we quote a line from You’ve Got Mail to one another.  Its from that scene where they’re stuck in the elevator and think they may never get out. Everyone is sharing deep moments from their hearts and Parker Posey’s character is digging through her purse and exclaims, “Ugh! I can’t find my tic-tacs!”

You've Got Mail So yeah, I had a “can’t find my tic-tacs” moment about the banisters.

And its because I know it isn’t something that matters that much in the history of my life and it also isn’t something I wanted to invest that much time or money on.

So here enters chalk paint.  It requires no sanding or priming.  Oh, and apparently you can make it yourself pretty easily and cheaply. Perfect!

Chalk Paint :: The House of Figs

I am totally not a DIYer as you may have discovered from this blog.  I don’t really do crafts and we hire out when jobs are too big for us.  But like I’ve already said, this wasn’t really something I wanted to spend lots of money or time on, so I just did a quick google search and found a great and inexpensive recipe for chalk paint.

That was all I needed to give it a go.  You can’t really ruin something you already can’t stand, right? So here’s the recipe I used:

2 parts paint plus 1 part calcium carbonate

I ordered this Calcium Carbonate on Amazon and it has lasted me for a LONG time.  I think I used around a cup of paint for the entire bannister.  The color is my favorite gray, Olympic’s Silver Dollar.  Now just a little warning, from what I understand, this recipe is not the greatest when you are planning to do distressing.  I knew I wanted a clean and modern look so I wasn’t concerned about that.  See other recipes for making your own chalk paint here.

Chalk Paint Bannister :: The House of Figs

I didn’t use a different brush or anything, just a regular old paint brush. I had to do a couple of coats, and did end up needing to put little circles of tape on all the white spindles (ugh!!) but it was worth it in the end.  No sanding, no priming.

After painting, I wanted it to be super durable, so I covered it with a couple coats of a satin polycrylic.  This is similar to a polyurethane but its waterbased so it doesn’t change the color at all and it gives it a nice sheen and protective coating.  We’ve had it this way for over a year and it has held up nicely.

Bannister

After doing the bannister, I loved it so much that I decided to do it on my mantle as well! It only took one coat because it was already white.

Mantle with Chalk Paint :: The House of Figs

Wall color:  Olympic’s Willow Springs, Mantle & banister color:  Olympic’s Silver Dollar

Fall Mantle: The House of Figs

So there you have it, pretty easy and super cheap update to that old orangey-oak banister wood.  Have you ever used chalk paint on anything in your home?

Thanks so much for reading!

xoxo

Bethany

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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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My Gray Kitchen Cabinets (Before & After)

My Kitchen Before // The House of FigsFor those of you who have been reading since the beginning, this is a repeat post.  But for some reason when I transferred my blog over to the new site, my kitchen post didn’t come with it!  So feel free to skip this one over if you’ve seen it before.  Blah blah blah, painted the cabinets, changed the tile, blah blah blah. 😉

To my newer readers, welcome to my kitchen!  I am not the cook in our family.  So kitchen function matters much less to me than kitchen “pretty.” When we found this house, Paul said that the function could work for him (and the stove was gas- he was excited about that!), and while the obvious pretty factor wasn’t all there, I felt like there was definite hope for this place. The cabinets are nowhere near custom but I did love that they are tall and have some nice trim around the tops. The countertops are this pure white Corian. Maybe that is so out of style but the white is so stark they look modern to me. Then there are those big windows and the high ceilings, always a plus! We worked with what we had.

My Kitchen // The House of FigsWe put new floors in (same throughout the whole living area downstairs) and had the kitchen cabinets painted gray (my absolute faaaaaavorite color- Silver Dollar by Olympic brand). I have always wanted gray kitchen cabinets! We added the hardware ourselves. The wallpaper was removed and a subway tile backsplash added. That’s literally all we did. When the dishwasher and the oven broke a couple years later we replaced them. I’d still love to have a white refrigerator one day (one with stainless handles ?) but the black one from our old house works just fine- especially covered in my kids’ art! The faucet is asking politely to be replaced as well. All in good time! The plant and the bamboo shades add much needed texture and color.

My Kitchen // Gray Cabinets // The House of Figs

You can see a bit of the dining room peeking through there on the right.

My Kitchen // Gray Cabinets // The House of Figs

By the way, Paul took these pictures when it was about 6pm in the evening and super cloudy and dark.  He made it look like it was sunny and mid-morning and made our neighbors think we are totally crazy with the lights he had set up outside. Oh and the rest of our house was pretty much a wreck and I fed the kids peanut butter and jelly since the kitchen was being used for something other than dinner-making. Just so you know, things are not always as they appear on blogs, haha!

My Kitchen // Gray Cabinets // The House of Figs

As always, thank you so much for reading!  Sorry if this was a repeat for you.  To see more of my house, click here!

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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

Living Room Progress // The House of Figs  Contemporary & Casual // The House of Figs  Contemporary & Casual // The House of Figs

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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A Few of My Favorite Neutral Paint Colors

The number one question I get asked by blog readers, Instagram followers, Facebook friends, and In Real Life friends is “What is that paint color?” I love getting asked any question about decorating, but especially that question because it is one I have personally researched with blood, sweat, and tears.  Okay, maybe just lots of sweat and a few tears. 😉 I have painted and repainted too many rooms to count so I can speak from experience on this topic.

This is an updated and edited version of a post I did several months ago but I have reorganized it and added new pictures and links.  Hope it helps if you’re looking for some great neutral paint colors or just some inspiration to get out those brushes and rollers!

Grays

If you’re looking for a perfect light gray paint color, my hands-down, absolute favorite is Olympic’s Silver Dollar. Olympic is sold at Lowe’s so I know its not your designer Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams brand.  Is it okay that I just said that on a blog about interior design? Haha!  Its a bit cheaper, which is nice! And if you buy Olympic One, which has primer and paint mixed together, it goes on quite smooth and lovely.

Its not a cool gray, it is a taupe-y kind of gray, so it doesn’t come across blue or purpley.  But its not super warm or golden either.  I feel like its perfectly in between.  We used it all over the interior of our old house, which you can see here.

In our new house its on our kitchen cabinets, bannister, and mantle.  We had the cabinets professionally sprayed with oil based paint before we even moved in.  I mixed my own chalk paint for the bannister and mantle.  I’ll blog about that process one day (no sanding, super easy, hooray!)

Cabinets painted Olympic's Silver Dollar

Mantle painted Olympic's Silver DollarBannister painted Olympic's Silver Dollar

We also decided to use it on the walls in our master bedroom and bathroom.

Paint Color- Olympic Silver Dollar

Its amazing how different it looks in the new house compared to the old. I’ve already mentioned that this house has much more natural light.

Even though it is my all time favorite color, I still HIGHLY recommend that you purchase and paint a sample of it first before committing to it! Or purchase 10 different samples and paint them all over your house if you’re crazy like me and just want to be SURE.

If you’re looking for a darker, more saturated gray, one I’ve used several times and love is Olympic’s Dover Gray.  Right now we have that color in our dining room. (See where I blogged about that room here).

Here’s the view from the dining room looking into the kitchen. You can see the Silver Dollar on those lower cabinets.

Wall Color- Dover Gray

And one of my favorite views in the house, from the kitchen, looking into the dining room:

Wall Color- Dover Gray

We also used Dover Gray in the baby’s room.  You can see the full post with more pictures here.

The House of Figs Nursery, Dover Gray

Whites

In this new house I knew I wanted Silver Dollar on the cabinets, so I didn’t want it on the walls too.  We went with the top color on the same card as Silver Dollar, called Willow Springs, for the walls.  You can see glimpses of it in a few of the above pictures, as well as in my living room.

Olympic Willow Springs Paint color

The kitchen cabinet & trim color we are using on The Montgomery House is Benjamin Moore’s White Dove.  I researched that one a lot and found that a lot of designers prefer it because it is a “true” white.  Neutral colors are so much trickier to choose than saturated ones because the slightest little tint of green or blue or red or whatever can change the feeling so much.

I’ve also found that the colors outside your home can affect how it looks inside.  Several years ago I painted a nursery in a client’s home this steely gray-blue and it looked lovely.  I used the same color in my daughter’s room when we first moved here and didn’t sample it because we were painting so much at the time and in a hurry.  Her window is very close to our neighbor’s red brick house.  Something about the sunlight hitting that red brick and bouncing into her bluish gray room made it look completely purple.  I wasn’t too happy about that and she was only two, so I repainted it.

My biggest piece of advice when painting a room is to buy samples.  Lots of them.  It is so worth it. Paint them in lots of different spots and look at them during lots of different times of day.  Something you love in someone else’s house may not work the same way in yours.  But there’s a next step too…

There does come a time when you just have to take a risk.  Can I tell you something, as your friend here?  Please don’t let those sample swatches sit on your wall for more than a week.  You eventually have to decide and just go for it.  Its just paint, you’re not making any life or death decisions here.  It can always be repainted for the cost of some money and time.  And chances are it will be better than that wall color that you didn’t like to begin with!  It will definitely be better than that wall color with all those paint samples on it that has maybe been that way for a month… or two?  All grace for you here, I know life gets busy. 😉 Just maybe this is the inspiration you need to get painting.

takearisk

I found this on The Nester’s pinterest board.  She’s big on taking risks & not worrying about being perfect or making mistakes.

Do you have any go to favorite paint colors? What have you painted recently?

Thanks so much for reading!!

Bethany

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