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Farmhouse Update & a Link for your Weekend!

I’m already back! Its because I really did want to share those farmhouse pictures I mentioned from Monday.  I’ve been working on this house since January and learning so much as I go. It was just the  foundation and the studs when I joined the project so its been incredible to see it come to life.  There are still many small details (some missing hardware, light fixtures, and then of course the finishing touches at the end), plus many larger details (a vent hood, furniture, and artwork) still to go.  But we have come a long way and to stop and look back at this point to breathe and appreciate where we are is really a great feeling!

Also, just one more thing before tomorrow that I hinted at earlier this week.  My friend Kelly over at Carried by Love is hosting a new series about Contending for the Faith and has invited several bloggers to write throughout the month of October.  She shared her heart about it here live on Facebook yesterday kind of introducing the series and then tomorrow I’m her first guest blogger!  I would love for you to check it out even though *gulp* its incredibly vulnerable and I probably will be experiencing some kind of vulnerability hangover tomorrow after its published.  So if you know me in real life, you’ll understand why I’m leaving town at 4am in the morning. Haha!  Just kidding.

But in all seriousness, I think its going to be a really great series so I would love for you to check it out here and subscribe to Kelly’s blog here so you won’t miss any of the posts.  She even has a FREE CUTE PRINTABLE to print out and frame!!  If you go over to her blog, you’ll find a link to download it and print.By the way, since apparently I’m blogging again, if you have not subscribed to my blog and would like to receive my posts directly in your inbox, I’d love for you to sign up for that here!  Thanks so much for reading!

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The Big Farmhouse Project

Hey there!  Long time no blog!  Its been busy around here and, today I just want to pop in and share the progress on a BIG project I’ve been working on.

This is the house from the back- beautiful brick with white siding.  The left portion of the house was built several years ago and then recently relocated on the property and the rest of the house was added on.

With the outside finished and the drywall up we are now in the process of finalizing all of the flooring, kitchen & bathroom selections, and paint colors.

Here is the Great Room.

This is more of a cozy family room right off the kitchen called the Hearth Room.

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I’ve had paint, tile, quartz, and wallpaper samples all over the place and we have narrowed in on a look.  Modern farmhouse is the goal; warm & timeless and a little bit global chic.

Its a big project for me and I’m learning so much as I go about the building process as well as focusing in on a look with using actual samples rather than just working with pictures online.  I’ve been studying Maria Killam’s True Color Expert series through her blog & e-books… any fans out there??…. and learning SO much that’s applicable to my work right now.  I’m studying different shades of white, undertones, etc.  My brain is working overtime but it has been so rewarding and exciting when I see it start to come together!

I will for sure share more as this project comes to life but just wanted to pop in today to show you what’s been going on!  Follow this project on my Instagram with the hashtag #middlebrookfarm!

xoxo

Bethany

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My Winter Living Room

The House of Figs Winter Living Room

We’ve been busy trying to stay warm and get back to routine over here. I shared on Instagram last week that I always struggle with getting back to regular life after the holidays.  We’ve just spent so many days cozied up with our little family and then to see them all spread out in their separate directions again is tough.  It won’t be long before we’re stretched thin again and running around in every direction and I don’t like that.  Paul said its because its been easy to do the good stuff of life- to slow down, get a good night’s sleep, to read a book, to love our kids well, have great and deep conversations, play games and laugh together.  We’ve been anticipating and then celebrating God with us.  We’ve been giving gifts and receiving gifts with love and thankfulness.  We’ve been easily enjoying the very best and most important parts of life lately and now we have to go back to fighting for them.

I love how he put that because it reminds me to fight for those things.  To not just go back to the sometimes status quo of busy-ness and endless activity filled days.  To continue to fight for rest, laughter, joy.

So for these south Texans, these last few icy days have been just what we’ve needed: to huddle up and stay in for a while.  To sit around the fire under some blankets.  I’m not quite ready to jump back in to real life and am happy to enjoy the warmth of the fire a little while longer.

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While I did already put away the Christmas decorations, I’ve left up our greenery on the bookshelves.  It adds a little winter coziness and I always love bringing the outdoors in.  They are totally crispy and dry, but up so high that no one is bumping into them or causing needles to fall.

The House of Figs Winter Living Room

I found the blanket you see above at Target. Its actually meant for a twin size bed- which means much bigger and cozier than your average throw.  Perfect for afternoon napping and movie-watching cuddling.  I’m keeping books and magazines out in hopes that we’ll all keep reaching for them, and then I still have my morning spot that I love so much.

The House of Figs

The House of Figs

A comfy place to sit, lots of layers & textures, a big cozy blanket, and good books to read: that’s a recipe for a great winter living room in my opinion.

The House of Figs My Winter Living Room

The House of Figs

The House of Figs Winter Living Room

So that’s our winter living room.  Not a huge change, but just little ways I cozy it up to encourage continued rest and togetherness after the holidays are over.

Here’s a list of the sources in my living room:

Coffee Table: West Elm

Sectional: Unavailable, but find similar ones here.

Rug: Rugs USA

Blanket: Target

Pillows: Target & Pottery Barn & Etsy

Shelves behind couch: Ikea Hemnes

Pouf: Amazon

Paint Color: Olympic Willow Springs

Shades: Select Blinds

Curtains: Ikea Ritva

Do you change up your living room in the winter, after the Christmas decor comes down? Do you struggle with going back to routine like I do?

Happy New Year!  Stay warm, my friends!

xoxo Bethany

 

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Getting the Bones Right

So today I’m sharing one of those projects I mentioned last week!

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This project has been so much fun but also one I’ve had to remind myself and my clients that is a marathon, not a sprint.  That’s because we’ve been changing the bones of this house.  Bone changing transformations don’t happen overnight (unless you’re on an HGTV show and then it only seems to take an hour!).  They actually take a lot of time, make a big mess, and require a lot of decisions to be made.

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We are still working on the actual decorating phase at this point, but we had to take our time getting the bones just right- things like flooring, wall color, counters, hardware, fireplace stone, bannisters, lighting, etc.  Everything before was super dark and formal- black counters & cabinets, dark iron scroll work on the bannisters and light fixtures.  They wanted a more casual, light and bright look.  My client loves vintage and unique finds (like this beautiful old door on the fireplace!) but it just didn’t work with the old bones.

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Now with the bones of the house just right, the actual decor and styling of the house will be easier, and in fact less will be needed because the house itself can stand so well on its own.

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Hope you’re having a great week! I’m looking forward to sharing more of this project as it unfolds.

xoxo ~Bethany

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Spring Living Room Tour and a Paradox

I realize that I’m a decorator/stylist blogging here, and I haven’t shown you pictures of my house lately.  The thing is, it doesn’t change that often.  Maybe this is kind of a paradox in the decor blog world, but truthfully, I have some minimist tendencies and once I get a room “right” for me, I like to leave it alone.Spring Living Room_2

If you know me in real life and you’ve seen any of my closets or my garage you’re laughing at the thought of me being a minimalist, aren’t you?

But, I don’t really shop much for my home.  I mean, I did when I was first decorating each room.  But now, I like to use what I have and I don’t like bringing in anything that isn’t going to add a lot of purpose.

After coming out of a little season of some major discontent, I pulled open the shades a little higher, fluffed the pillows a little more, and started seeing things (literally and figuratively) in a whole new light.  Fluffing smushed couch cushions, bringing in some fresh greenery, and clearing out clutter can really make a world of difference in how I feel about my home.

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I have a small assortment of pillows and covers that I change out somewhat seasonally, but really its more just about what sort of colors are “speaking” to me at the moment.  Right now, I’ve been wanting subtle neutrals, not a lot of brightness.

I changed out the coffee table books and added in a small succulent that was a gift from a sweet friend.  I’ve had it for a few months and have not killed it, so I’m calling that a success!

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The top two little books on the coffee table are ChatBooks made from getaways Paul and I took together- one in New York City, the other in San Francisco.  I used to keep them on the shelf, but they’re so pretty and I love having them down where we can look through them now.

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I’m still really enjoying the ottoman and side table here for early morning moments of quiet.  Of course, we use it all throughout the day, but it is totally my happy spot.

I haven’t changed or rearranged the bookshelves one bit with the exception of adding or changing out books as they are read or loaned.  These shelves are as functional as they are decorative for us and I love the practicality of them.

Spring Living Room

New around here? Check out my shelf styling tips here.

If I’m being truthful with you here, what I’ve really been wanting is a new couch.  It just isn’t in the budget right now though so instead of buying a bunch of smaller and less expensive things to fill that void, I’m making peace with waiting.  I’m working to get the “bones” of my house right and I don’t want to fill it up with things I don’t need.

Less really can be more.

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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!

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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.

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

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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.

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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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HandUp Global Goods Office Design

Office Design // The House of Figs

Now that I’ve shared with you about this nonprofit that has stolen my heart (missed that post?  read about it here) I wanted to show you how HandUp Global Good’s office design came together.  Here’s the original design board I created for it.

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I was going for a modern global feeling that was also light and bright.  We did make a few changes along the way that worked well for the function of the office, but I was so pleased to see how it turned out.

HUGG Office // The House of Figs

Please take note of the amazing original old wooden floors!  How gorgeous are those??  The gallery wall above the desks includes functional pieces like a dry erase board and a cork board but also some inspiration like this map of Haiti and a few prints from Lindsay Letters.  One says “Live Creatively” and another one “Be Brave.”

HUGG Office // The House of Figs

This company is giving sustainable work to former street children in Haiti that are aging out of an orphanage.  The young men are skilled artisans being paid a fair wage to make beautiful bracelets.  Read more about it (and even see a short video if you want!) on their website here.HUGG Office // The House of Figs

Everyone I know who works stateside for HUGG is incredibly passionate and has been to Haiti several times.  They know these hard working young men personally and have come to love them dearly.

HUGG Office // The House of Figs

Its been a huge blessing to me to discover this company and I knew I wanted to be involved somehow.

Office Design // The House of Figs

They don’t currently have necklaces for sale, but I have it on good authority that there are more beautiful things coming… check out this gorgeousness they have on display!

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HUGG // The House of Figs

Office Design // The House of Figs

This is a fantastic company doing great things.  Looking for some meaningful Christmas gifts that can make a difference in someone’s life this year?  Look no further than HandUp Global Goods. I’ve already been checking a few things off my list. 🙂  Happy Monday!

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