Today, its the last installment of The Montgomery House series. If you’re new here, this was my first professional job, and it was a big one! It started with a friend asking me to help her with her custom home and turned into something so amazing for me and that launched the business that I have now. My friend and client had SO much faith and trust in my vision and the ideas that I had. I know at times she felt a little crazy telling her contractor my ideas- this home is so different than any other home he had ever built! In Texas, so many of the homes are dark and built with a Tuscan sort of theme to them. This craftsman look with the white cabinets is pretty different for a new construction home around here, though I know for those of us on blogs and Pinterest its nothing really that new. Anyway, on to the living room!
The TV wall is one of my favorites in the whole house. Its vintage art pieces collected from various places. One was even given to the family by my client’s grandfather! Its something they can add to throughout the years and cover that entire wall with.
I’m so grateful to have been a part of this project and to my clients for believing in me and investing in me the way they did. Their house is really something special and while I thought I was done- I’m so excited to tell you that they’ve invited me back to work on the upstairs now! There will be a playroom and guestroom to show you sometime in the near future. 🙂
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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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!!