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

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My Living Room

My Living Room

The House of FigsI 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 House of Figs

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.

The House of Figs

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you found some inspiration and maybe even some stress-free purposeful beauty. ❤

Bethany

There’s no place like HOME (decorating my living room)

There’s no place like HOME (decorating my living room)

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.

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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!!
Bethany

An Introduction and a {small} House Tour

An Introduction and a {small} House Tour

I’ve had some back to back before and afters of client homes for you recently but I’d like to take today’s post as an opportunity to introduce myself a little more and give you a small tour of my own home.  I’ve shown you a few of the rooms already.  You can see the kitchen here, the breakfast room here, and my youngest son’s nursery  here.  The rest of the rooms have yet to be photographed “for real” but I do have some older iPhone shots to share with you today!

First off, here we are!  This is my family and I staring into the bright sunshine on our visit to Magnolia Market in Waco, TX.  I chose this picture because I know so many of you are Fixer Upper fans like we are.  Our whole family gets into it!

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We live in a suburb outside of Houston and my brother is a Baylor student, so the drive wasn’t too big of a deal for us and we were also visiting him.  Well I guess I used that as an excuse.  My main reason was to get myself to that store, haha!  For those of you who have been, you know that it is teeny-tiny!  But very cute and boutique-y and fun.  I was so hoping to spot Jojo and Chip, but no such luck.

Paul and I have been married for 11 years and have a 7 year old, almost 5 year old, and 20 month old.  He is a professional videographer/cinematographer for an oilfield equipment company.  My main job is stay at home mom. My business as an interior decorator started completely as a hobby. I’m an army brat and moved a LOT growing up.  We made every house and apartment ‘home’ as quickly as possible.  Hung pictures on the wall within days of moving in.  My mom was an expert at arranging furniture and unpacking boxes.  Maybe that’s what started my journey?  Anyway, as an adult, the more I decorated my own home, the more I had friends and family asking for advice.  One friend flat out asked me to decorate her son’s nursery.  Then she paid me.  I told her not to!  Then when that same friend and her husband decided to buy some land and build a custom home she called me and asked me to design the entire thing. My jaw dropped and after the shock wore off I agreed.  That’s what started it.  Her house is what I call The Montgomery House and I’ve posted about it on the blog (see posts here)… you’ll see more of the after pictures of it here in the coming weeks.

Now on to a bit of my house…

playroom

This is an old picture of our playroom upstairs.  I used it briefly as a homeschool room when my oldest was in Kindergarten.  We had a wonderful year and I’m so thankful for that time spent with him.  When it was over though, I was also thankful it was over.  I prayed a lot about it and knew it just wasn’t meant to be anymore.  I was very burnt out and just was not passionate about it. My son was excited about the idea of going to a new school for first grade, so we gave it a try and he has loved it.  It was scary for me to “let go” in a sense but the Lord has shown me over and over that I never had any control to begin with!  Now this room is more of a playroom for us. It also has a futon in it that my kids sleep on when guests visit.  {A little side note, a lot of my homeschool inspiration came from my sister in law who has homeschooled her two kids for several years now.  She, unlike me, is very passionate and has a calling on her life to do this- she does it way better than I ever did! They have a family blog about traveling with kids and it is so fun… check it out here!}

Here’s a side by side of the big kids’ rooms… on a rare clean day, haha!

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My daughter has this huge bed so that it can double as a guest room.  A lot has changed in these rooms since I took these pictures though so I am looking forward to when we can take some updated pictures to show you!

Below is our “formal” dining room.  We are not really “formal” people as you can probably tell.  This room has morphed into more of an arts and crafts room/homework room for our kids, but also is great for when we do have guests over.  We have hosted more than a few large potlucks and a couple of Thanksgivings as well.  Its nice to be able to seat a big crew.

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Here’s my favorite little Ikea Kallax in the entryway.  This picture was taken in January hence the mitten garland.  Kids’ shoes and socks are stowed away in the baskets and the tray is a catch all for keys, coins, and kind of my husband’s drop spot when he comes home.  Its good to have a drop spot!

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So that’s my little house tour and introduction!  Enough about me now.  I’m so thrilled and just plain out excited that there are some of you beyond my own family that are reading this.  I’d love to get to know you a little too. If you want, leave me a comment and say hi!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend, thanks for reading!