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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.
Christmas Playroom // The House of Figs

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.

Elf

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.

Playroom // The House of Figs

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

Alphabet Cards // 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.

Playroom Chalk wall, stage // The House of Figs

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.

The Montgomery House Playroom

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

Playroom // The House of Figs

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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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.

Play Room

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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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.

Nursery // The House of Figs

 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.

Toys

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 Few of My Favorite Things: Ikea Edition

Happy Friday!  Anyone been to Ikea recently?  I do love a good trip to Ikea.  I’ve scoped out some of my favorites for you before (see that post here) and today I’ve got a few more to add to that list!
Work LampThis Ranarp work lamp is super stylish and I love the brass- it gives it kind of a vintage look!  Its hard to see here, but the cord is wrapped in a black and white almost houndstooth fabric.  Love the detailing!

Pink PillowI had never noticed these throw pillows there before, but I’ve got to use these in a little girl’s room sometime soon!  How sweet are they??!!

Medium PlanterIkea has got some great planter options right now.  They all come with plastic liners to keep them waterproof. Love the colors in this little one.

Large PlanterHere’s a big one that’s a little less bright for all you neutral-lovers out there (me, haha!)  Even though its neutral it still brings in so much texture to a space, especially filled with a big leafy plant!

Ingolf ChairThis Ingolf chair is one of my favorites. We have it in our breakfast room, which you can see here. I recommend it frequently for clients.  Its a pretty classic looking chair and you just can’t beat the price!

Desk ChairMy most recent trip to Ikea was the first time I ever spotted this sweet little chair.  Its a little on the small side, though not child sized.  Its the one we’re using in our oldest’s room at his new desk.  Its a gray color that just goes with anything and I’m loving the kind of farmhouse style!

Striped PlateA little striped plate??  Who can resist!?

Fintorp Rails

This Fintorp rail is so fun.  We got this with three of the white buckets for my daughter’s room.  She has it filled with colored pencils, markers, and crayons. I recommend these for playrooms quite frequently, but as you can see from this picture I found Ikea’s website, its super fun for a kitchen as well!

There’s my round-up of favorites for you!  Do you have any to add to that list?

As much as I love Ikea, there is one part that is definitely NOT my favorite:

Saturday at Ikea

Shopping and then standing in line with 1,000 other Houstonians. Its definitely a love/hate relationship with that place, especially on a Saturday afternoon, haha!

Thanks so much for reading!  Have a lovely weekend!

Bethany

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Updates Around the House and Blog!

Hey everyone!  Welcome to the new site!!  I’m hoping everything is working well and I’d love for you to click around and make yourself at home!

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Okay, with all that housekeeping stuff out of the way, onto some fun updates around the house!

Our kids were with their grandparents for the weekend, so we thought it would be fun to have a few surprises for them when they came back.  Our oldest has been needing a desk for a while now (you can see my post about his room here) and we found this great one at Ikea.  
Desk : The House of Figs

Another kids’ space that got a facelift was our playroom.  I shared this room on Instagram a week or so ago.  I’m always looking for creative ways to display our kids’ artwork and I just decided to start taping it up on the wall in here, almost like wallpaper.  We can just add to it now over time! I used this room for one year as a homeschool room but now it houses all of our toys, some books and art supplies, and we can use it as a guest room as well.  See a before picture of it in this post.

Playroom :: The House of Figs

Another great Ikea find over the weekend was this huge planter and split leaf Philodendron.  I hear this things are pretty hard to kill… hopefully that’s true!  I love the life and texture it brings to this spot! Split Leaf Philadendron : The House of Figs

I’ve never shared our master bedroom with you guys here before and one day I’ll do an entire post about this room with more pictures, but I did want to share a few iPhone shots I recently took.  We finally hung pictures above our bed- it used to be two large pictures of our oldest two children.  We do have a third… he’ll be two next month.  Yeah, the master bedroom has kind of taken a backseat, unfortunately!

Bedroom :: The House of Figs

Gallery Wall :: The House of Figs

Not to overdramatize, but it has been almost life changing to have this gallery wall in here now.  Its like a whole new room.  And it feels special and I keep it cleaner and more like the haven it should be. I will do a whole new post dedicated to this room and I want to share with you how I planned out and hung these pictures as well.  But really, I thought I needed all new bedroom furniture.  And all new bedding.  Nope- turns out I just needed to shop my house and use what I have in a more creative way.  Life changing, I’m telling you!

Lastly, remember this post about my stair wall and the art nook that used to be there?  I finally have a plan and some frames ready to be hung!  That will be my next project- I’ll keep you updated!

Foyer : The House of FigsThanks so much for reading and like I said, I’d love feedback from my subscribers out there (or even if you’re not a subscriber!)!  This blogging stuff is hard y’all!  Big shout out to Jones Design Company and their Blog Class for helping me get this far.  I’ve learned a ton and felt in over my head about a million times, but I’ve come a long way. Here’s to lots more decorating, blogging, and looking for the purpose in it all. <3

xoxo

Bethany

 

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A Playroom {After}

Several weeks ago I shared with you the moodboard of a playroom I was working on.  You can see that post here. Today I’m happy to share with you the finished room!

The House Of Figs Playroom

We created several different zones with words on the wall- Read, Play, and Create.  It turned out to be a fun and functional space for her kids to hang out!  The House Of Figs Playroom

The House Of Figs - Stewart Playroom_3 Small WM The House Of Figs PlayroomPictured below: Yes that is totally a floor lamp, but I am LOVING it sitting on that Ikea Kallax.  The scale is perfect and its just quirky and fun.  Its something she already had and when we had it on the floor, it was in the way of those big beautiful windows and just looked wimpy.  On the Kallax it went. Quirky and whimsical works in a playroom!

The House Of Figs - Stewart Playroom_2 Small WMThe Shel Silverstein pages framed in the “Read” area was all my client’s idea.  How fun is that?? I have always loved Shel Silverstein.  Such a great concept and goes so well in this little spot.

The House Of Figs Playroom

The House Of Figs - Stewart Playroom_5 Small WMI want to point out to you the frame around the thermostat.  That was another idea and find by my client.  She’s so creative!  Its so fun and makes the thermostat a piece of art on the gallery wall rather than an eyesore or just something to work around.

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The House Of Figs PlayroomThis is a little nook just off the playroom between her boys’ bedrooms. She finished it a while ago, but I thought I’d share pictures because it flows well now from the playroom and is just so cute.

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This was a fun room to pull together. We used a lot of Ikea, Hobby Lobby, and some things she already had.  The letters were from all over the place, and a few even from Round Top. She found that lego table at a yard sale and refinished it, glued a big flat lego piece to the top and it is just the most adorable thing.  I think I could play all day in here!

Thanks for reading!!

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