The Boy’s Bathroom {The Montgomery House}

The Boy’s Bathroom {The Montgomery House}

I told you I’d share that fun bathroom with the classic black and white floor soon!  Here was the peek of it I shared last week, looking in from the boy’s room…

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And now here’s more of the craftsman detailing of this sweet little bathroom…The House Of Figs - The Montgomery House-8WM Small

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The cabinetry is painted Benjamin Moore’s Chelsea Gray and the walls are my favorite Silver Dollar by Olympic. The shower curtain is from West Elm.  The ABC letters were found in Round Top.  The big clock is from Pottery Barn. The deer art was found at HomeGoods by my client- as well as the other frame which contains two vintage baseball cards!  She had a mat cut to fit.  Isn’t that just so cute for a boy’s room or bathroom?  This is actually a jack and jill bathroom, so the room with the tub and shower opens to another room with an identical sink area that is off a guest room.  We’ll tour that room one day… click here for more of the Montgomery House tour if you’re new here!

Thanks for reading!

Bethany

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Whimsical and Bold Living Room Design

Whimsical and Bold Living Room Design

A former client of mine is moving and asked me to decorate her new home! So exciting. She said she wanted something different, maybe a little more bold, some brighter colors, but wasn’t exactly sure yet. I was feeling inspired and kind of took that and ran with it one night and came up with this:

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At the time I was totally inspired by all the overdyed Persian rugs out there, Hygge & West’s beautiful wallpaper patterns, and I LOVE the look of black painted built ins and window sashes when paired with crisp white walls. But, let’s just say it was a little too bold for her taste. 😉  That’s totally okay!  It definitely would be too much for me to live in everyday as well.  Y’all know I love neutrals! But I love looking at all the color and pattern in this collage, don’t you?  All the brightness, that rug, the brass light fixtures?  That pattern on the lower right is a lovely wallpaper which we actually are still going to use.  And some of the brass is still staying as well. I’ll update you on the progress of this project as it happens, its going to be beautiful!  Though not quite as crazy and bright- beautiful, all the same.

Have a great Tuesday!

Bethany

That Place We Abide

That Place We Abide

Its been a lot of pretty pictures around here lately.  Lots of styled and professionally photographed ones.  If you’ve been reading since the beginning you know I start to get antsy when that happens.  I know that you are not coming to this blog to see perfectly styled photographs.  I’m kidding myself if I think that’s why you’d come.  You can find those photos anywhere- they are a dime a dozen on Pinterest. I could pull up 50 swoon worthy photos right now that would put my photos to shame any day.  It is my hope that the reason you come is somewhat for those, maybe to see some real life pictures of my own home, some of my ideas and tips for your own home, as well as some inspiration and purpose for it all. To know that you don’t have to make big changes or have a professional stylist to find your home beautiful.  To feel inspired to do what works for your family and then look for the beauty that’s already there.  Its part of my tagline- beauty and purpose.


Today I want to focus on the purpose part.  I’m thinking about the line that I walk, that we all walk, especially those of us who believe in Jesus and live in a first world country.  We have all these “blessings.”  My husband has a great job that he loves and is good at. I have this home, this closet full of too many clothes, (though my friend Alexis over at Alexis Atarian is making me rethink that and consider a minimalist wardrobe) a pantry full of food, etc.  You get the picture!  I’m so grateful for everything I have, don’t get me wrong. But sometimes I wonder if these “blessings” can become more of stumbling blocks in my faith than anything else.  Its this sort of “Americanized” version of Christianity that says I’m so blessed because I have all these things.  Though I am thankful for them, and I know they are gifts from God!  But the truth is, I am blessed because Jesus died for my sins and forgave me, loved me, and redeemed me at my very very worst.  He knows the true me, the deepest darkest me, and loves me anyway. He defeated death and gives me hope for eternity with him forever.  Because of that, I don’t have to struggle with fear and hopelessness anymore.  And even when I still do struggle with those things, He walks with me and fights for me. Those are my blessings.

Do you ever struggle with those thoughts?  Maybe a little bit of feeling guilty with how much you have?

I was discussing this all with a dear friend the other day and it all of a sudden became so clear.  It isn’t about what’s a blessing and what’s not.  We could argue that for days.  Its not about how much money you have, how big your house is, how much money you make and how much of it you’re giving to charity, etc.  We could drive ourselves crazy with those lines and demarcations and isn’t that something we’re not supposed to do?  A little something called legalism?  Legalism is not the answer. Its about where we abide.  Am I abiding in Christ?

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In this business of homes and decorating, I can feel it so clearly.  Maybe you can feel it too, in whatever your job is? When I am not abiding in Christ, I can swing so far to one side- materialism, comparison, greed.  I get so lost in fabrics, dollar signs, designer labels, beautiful pictures on Pinterest.  For a while its fun and worldly and exciting.  But gradually it starts to feel empty and void.  Then I start to swing to the other side.  I start to feel judgmental, like “I can’t believe they spent that much money on a house, chair, couch, whatever.”  And then comes the guilt for being involved in a business that seems so focused on the material and temporary.  I judge myself too.

But then I take a look back at where I have been abiding.  Have I been staying close to Jesus?  Listening to his Word?  Or have I been lost in the world of design blogs, Instagram followers, Pinterest pictures, and Anthropologie catalogs?

I take a deep breath.  I whisper a prayer asking forgiveness.  I want to abide in Him.  He makes the only difference.  He created me with this passion, He gave me any gift that I have.  I feel like this is who I was created to be, and this is my calling.  I am thankful.  This changes everything.

“Abide in me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” John 15:4

Thanks for reading, I know this was different today. Would love to hear your thoughts.

xoxo

Bethany

The Montgomery House Boy’s Room

The Montgomery House Boy’s Room

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Today I’m sharing with you more after pictures from The Montgomery House.  This time its the boy’s room!  Above you can see the moodboard I created.  Read more about the planning of this space here.

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The Montgomery House - Big Boy Room Small WM_8The husband is a hunter.  He pulled out a bin of antlers from his garage and sorted through them until he found the perfect set (pair?).  He knew the story behind them and remembered his wife being pregnant at the time with their son.  I love that they have sentimental value and I think they look pretty cute paired with this clock!

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Above the bed is another Lindsay Letter’s piece from her Hobby Lobby line.  Just perfect for a little boy’s room! The metal B was a Round Top find.

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Here’s the other side of the room.  I promise I’ll share that sweet jack and jill bathroom with you next!

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My favorite Ikea Kallax, once again making an appearance!  You know I love these things. I also have said this a million times, but I love to decorate with books.  Especially in a kid’s room- just look at all that fun color!  Nothing matchy-matchy here or stressing over “will this pillow case match?” When you use your kids’ toys and books as the color palette, everything matches.  Using neutral furniture and wall color gives us a simple base from which to add in all this color so its not overwhelming.

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Here’s another glimpse into that bathroom.  Notice the transom window above the entrance and the beautiful craftsman moldings. Its little details like this that their builder did a great job with.

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If you’d like to read more about The Montgomery House, click here for the other posts. Thanks so much for reading!!

Bethany