Contemporary & Casual, The Spring Valley House

Contemporary & Casual, The Spring Valley House

I’ve been working on a home 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 this 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!!  ❤  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

The Montgomery House Dining Room & Kitchen (and a little about choosing countertops)

The Montgomery House Dining Room & Kitchen (and a little about choosing countertops)

Are you tired of seeing and hearing about this house yet?  I hope not because I seriously have saved the best for last. 😉  Today I’m sharing the dining room and kitchen.  Both are open to the living room (which I’ll be sharing with you next week).

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Because the kitchen is a big eat in kitchen, the clients chose a smaller dining room right off the kitchen.  They didn’t want the feeling of a “formal” dining room, but just more of a casual place that is right there in the heart of the home.

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One of the coolest pieces in this room (and also very hard to photograph-ha!) can be seen above- its this giant antique mirror that’s leaning against the wall.  My clients bought it at an auction a while ago and were looking for the perfect place for it.  Its so unique and brings in so much charm, character, and light!

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Right off the dining room is the kitchen, one of my favorite rooms in the house (do I say that about almost every room??).

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We went back and forth over granite vs. marble for the countertops for a long time.  My clients and I both love the look of marble but after they researched the upkeep and also the price, they weren’t so sure.  We stood in the countertop store staring at different slabs of stone, looking at every vein and color for a long time.  Finally we settled on this lovely grayish granite.  It has some brown, some gold, even a little blue in it.  It occurred to me as we were looking, that we would never again be looking at those slabs of granite vertically like that.  When you walk into your kitchen you don’t see a wall of granite the way you do in the store or quarry or wherever you go to pick your slab.  What you notice more are your cabinets, the overall colors, and (my favorite) the lighting! So we decided together it was better to put their investment into those types of things rather than the marble.  Though I’m not against marble!  In fact I’m working on an install this week with some clients that have chosen some beautiful marble countertops.  I’m just saying its just not for everyone.  Here’s a really great article for when you’re considering marble countertops:

http://www.lifeingraceblog.com/2013/04/living-with-marble-countertops-a-cautionary-tale/

Okay, on to more pictures of this kitchen!

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The view below is from when you’re standing in the dining room.  You can see into the foyer and also catch a glimpse of the butler’s pantry.  Its really not a huge house!  The floorplan just makes great use of space.

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While we did go with white cabinets and a white backsplash as well as light countertops, the husband had concerns that the kitchen would feel too light and washed out.  Our solution to that was using a gray grout in the backsplash and also a darker gray on the island.  Those choices along with the floor really warms everything up.  Another thing we went back and forth about for a little while was how big to go on the lighting.  In my opinion, bigger is always better when choosing a light fixture.  You can never go wrong having a HUGE light fixture.  It will never be TOO big.  Please, someone try to find me a picture of a light fixture that is too big for a table or a space.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen one that I thought was too big.  The pendants I chose are the Eldridge pendants from Ballard Designs.  They come in small, medium, and large.  I knew the medium would just get swallowed up by this huge island and it had to be the large.  I’m no artist, but Paul is, so one night I asked him to do some drawings.  Sometimes we just need to visualize things to see the balance.

Kitchen Island

He drew a couple of different pendants of different shapes and sizes so you can see the erase marks, but this is the one we landed on.  I snapped a pic of it with my phone and texted it to my clients.  We were all in love and knew these were the ones.

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Last glimpse, looking in from the mudroom.  This one gives you a peek into the living room as well!

 I’m still working to get my new blog up and running and when I do each picture will have its own Pin It button, but until then, if you see anything you like here, there’s a button down below where you can pin any of these pictures on Pinterest!  Thanks so much for reading. I’ll be back next week with the living room!!

Bethany

My Dining Room {Before & After}

My Dining Room {Before & After}

Today I’m sharing more of my home with you! Here’s the dining room before we moved in. I know some people like this.  But if you’ve been here long, you’ll know this is not really my style.  And honestly, it makes the dining room look tiny.  We weren’t sure our over seven foot long farmhouse table was going to fit in here.

BeforeBelow is the room just after we closed on the house.  Just getting all the stuff out of there makes it look a lot bigger.  Before we even moved in we painted everything and had all the downstairs floors ripped out.  I know some people worry about wood in the kitchen and entryways, but this is a fairly newer home and I guess its a risk I’m willing to take. I like a seamless look from every angle and so we had engineered flooring put in from the front door throughout the downstairs.  We did this in our last home as well and it sold very quickly.  The woman who bought it told us she was so happy we had not broken up the entryway and kitchen with tile- she had looked and looked for a home like that and couldn’t find it.

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Especially in a small home with an open floorplan, it can really break up the space and make your home look even smaller to have different flooring in the entry way and/or kitchen.  Of course if you’re renting or don’t have the budget to change your flooring right now you that’s okay- I’m all for making the most of what you have!! But if you’re making the decisions, and spending the money, don’t be afraid to choose something different than what has been done before! Or different than what you feel like “they” (whoever “they” happens to be) are telling you is right.  You get to choose!Our House Dining Room Small_6 WM

The House of Figs Dining RoomThis room really doubles as a craft and homework room for us.  My daughter does preschool in here and lots of coloring happens at this table.  The wooden centerpiece filled with crayons was found in Round Top, TX.  I totally got the idea from that brilliant and talented Joanna Gaines on Fixer Upper, but you guys probably already knew that! 😉

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Our House Dining Room Small_5 WMThe cabinet/shelf on the wall is also a Round Top find.  Because the room is kind of small and just fits our large table, there’s no room for a buffet or any other piece of furniture in the room.  This piece now holds a lot of our crafting and preschool supplies.  Eventually I envision it holding serving dishes and bar type items.  We do host potlucks and family Thanksgivings in here often. Its been a great multipurpose room for us!

Our House Dining Room Small_2 WM The table is from Laurie’s Home Furnishings, a great store in Tomball, TX full of beautiful antique reproductions and unique pieces. The chandelier is from Ballard Designs and the chairs are West Elm. As much as I love the chippy old shelf on the wall and the farmhouse table, I’ve got to have some clean lines and bright white modern to balance it all out.  I just love the contrast of it all.  Just in case you were wondering, you sure can mix bright white with slightly off white, chippy, creamy, antique white!

Our House Dining Room Small_3 WMI am normally a curtains girl- you’ve seen the Ikea Ritvas all over my house, but this room hasn’t had any. I’ve been looking at fabric samples, but still haven’t done it.  I guess because the room is pretty small and since its mostly for eating and art, I’m just not feeling the need.  Its also one of our darkest rooms as far as natural light.  I may leave it as is, at least until our kids are a little older.

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Thank you so much for reading, hope you’re having a great week!  Click the tag below that says “My House” if you’d like to see more of my house tour. ❤

Bethany