I am loving this new view! (See the before pictures in my previous post here) Every time I walk in, it make me smile.
I took this opportunity to restyle and clean up our bookshelves as well. I love to read and we have tons of books. Maybe I’ve said this before but books are one of my favorite things to decorate with. They’re an easy way to add in color without being matchy-matchy. They aren’t part of a “color scheme” they’re just part of life! They make a room feel lived in and real, not like a showroom or a catalog. I realize though that every book I own doesn’t need to be on display in our living room so I took some down because it was feeling a little cluttered and full. Its nice to have a little white space, too. I love that big “stick” thing on the left from Homegoods- I feel like it adds a lot of texture. The top right jar is from Turkey, my husband got it on a mission trip.
The bottom shelves that you can’t really see from the living room are full of books and toys for the kids. Like I have said before, when you have preschool aged kids playing all day at home, its great to have an area in the main living room for organized toy storage. Okay so maybe mine isn’t completely organized. But at least from the main view it is tidy and out of sight, mostly. Its nice at the end of the day to be able to toss everything onto those lower shelves and get it off the living room floor, couch, ottoman, etc.
You never really know what you might find back there, but here’s the behind the scenes view today:
You know I like to keep it real! 🙂 Those baskets do help a lot but our toy collection always seems to overflow. You know how it is! And I’m totally okay with it. The is the season of life I’m in and I embrace it! I make our house work for us, not the other way around. I do like to see a clean and clutter free living room from where I sit at the end of the day and I can accomplish that in a stress-free way by having my littles help pick up their toys and put them in some baskets and stuff them behind the couch. Is it perfect? No. Does it work for us? Absolutely! That’s part of how we make our house a home.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you found some inspiration and maybe even some stress-free purposeful beauty. ❤
I shared on Instagram last week this picture of my living room: While I love our high ceilings and natural light, I’ve never known what to do with that blank space over the IKEA bookshelves. I love those shelves (and their price tag) but they are not the tallest.
After searching for inspiration, I came across this picture from the talented Brynn Gustafson on her Instagram page. This is at her sister in law’s house.
I knew my next trip to Round Top would be the perfect time to hunt for something similar. I came home with this guy:
Ha!! I think the perspective makes it look bigger than it really is, but it is pretty big.
It was also pretty heavy and still full of lighting tubes. That was an easy fix though as it all came out in one piece.
Once that all came out it was actually pretty light! Here are the rest of the letters I found… Not nearly as large but I think they all look great together… and will look even better cleaned up, painted, and hanging over those shelves! Here’s my man working hard last night to make my vision a reality!
After pics to come soon! Thanks for reading!!
This post is really all about going from dreams to reality.
I created this moodboard about two years ago before I had any idea what I was doing or how any of this would turn out. I made it using a free app on an iPad and taking screen shots of all sorts of pictures on Pinterest. There were no real sources listed for my client, just concepts and ideas (if anyone can source these pictures, please let me know, I’d love to give credit where credit is due!) My client and friend trusted me so much and she and I together made it happen many many months later. She had an amazing builder who at times (I’m sure) thought we were crazy but just did what we asked based off pictures she gave him.
This is the beginning of a series of posts featuring after pictures of The Montgomery House. If you click the tag “Montgomery House” at the bottom of this post, you can see some of the other moodboards I’ve done for this house as well as progress throughout the building process. Thanks for reading and for all your support!! ❤
In this previous post, I showed you my learning process and today I’m sharing with you the sweet client’s home who let me learn on her. 😉 Here are some before pictures- with a cute little guy in one of them!
If you’ll remember, here’s the moodboard we landed on after a few attempts:
And now for the after photos!
This spot pictured below, is to the right of the back door, which you can see in the before pictures was just an empty wall. Her husband actually built this shelf himself! Isn’t it amazing? I feel like every family with little ones needs a tidy and stylish way to store toys and kids’ books and things in the main living area. It just isn’t feasible for everything to get put away into the kids’ rooms or a playroom at the end of each day. Since I’m in that same season of life at home with preschoolers, I totally get it and I think your home should work for you, not the other way around. Who says your living room has to be a place only for grown up things and all toys must be stored in a playroom? Who’s rules are those? This is your home, you get to decide how you use it.
I love the color and texture that it all adds as well. It keeps the room light and personable, and makes for great playdates!
This really wasn’t a major change. They did decide to do the wood floors but that was actually after I decorated the space for them (yes we had a rug over the carpet- you can and should consider doing that when you have wall to wall carpeting to define a space!). Just adding some new pillows, changing up the built ins, adding a small gallery wall, changing the lighting and colors made a huge difference. Oh and did you spot my favorite Ikea Ritva curtains hanging as high and wide as possible? They are making the most of that natural light and those windows look twice as big now!
Thanks for reading!