As I move into my second month in our new old home, I constantly have to remind myself it takes TIME to decorate a home. I recently stopped by to see a client of mine I have been working with TWO years and our progress there reminded me of that…it has taken time and their home still isn’t completely finished but it is looking great.
The Clarke family have a whole little gaggle of sweet kids and have added one to the family just since I have been working with them. We have worked on their entire home..room by room. And we have hit slow periods and then burst of “get er done” but slowly the house is taking shape and the homeowners and I are both thrilled with the results. I want to get portfolio photos of this home at some point but here are a few shots to show how perserverance pays off!
In the dining room we paired an easy Restoration Hardware table with an antique console, word art of a favorite hymn done by the homeowner,glam lamps from Shades of Light, a sale chandelier from Horchow, and IKEA chairs! These clients are the most hospitable family I have ever known (more on that in another post) but she wanted her dinner guests to be comfy.. She purchased the comfy and generous Hendriksal chairs from IKEA and then had slipcover artist LS SLIPCOVERS do the flax colors to “bring them up a notch”..we did them in flax color not white so guests wouldn’t feel intimidated they would dirty the perfect chairs.
The drapes are in one of my favorite fabrics by John Robshaw called PUSHPA..its a great price point and such a pretty color. The wonderful GRACIE did the drapes and rod.
In the adjoining formal living room the homeowner found a vintage sectional at Houston’s Lynn Goode Vintage and had it recovered..it fits the space so well. We did the flor rug tiles in the vintage vibe pattern since she has so many small kids playing in this space, this gives her the option of replacing a tile if needed. We splurged on one Brunschwing & Flls fabric (the yellow print) for pillows but the rest are from Tonic Living. This has taken TWO years y’all. But you know what in that time they have been homeschooling, and hosting neighborhood BBQs, having people over and giving birth to a new baby! This was up a while;
Decorating takes time. It also takes heart.
The Clarkes knew they wanted to do something special on this wall and the photography by Kirby Trapolino is perfect..it’s wonderful color and subject matter help their home reflect their heart for people.
We wanted to have images on our wall to engage in more meaningful conversations with our guests — to share the great joy that has changed our hearts with others.From an artistic point of view, we love the bright colors; but then, looking closer: the little boy has such a sweet, content smile on his face — and he’s standing on a massive trash heap — probably digging through the trash to find some recyclables so he can earn some meager wages. How many times do my kids complain about being bored or I get irritated when my husband doesn’t put his laundry in the hamper! We have so much to be thankful for — and we need to be constantly reminded of this fact. Culturally, as Americans, we tend to focus on ‘happiness’, but it is so fleeting — so temporary — and it’s based on circumstances that can change on a whim. Joy is deeper than that — it goes far beyond circumstances — and it’s based on a foundation of truth that absolutely nothing can shake.The girls on the bottom are orphans — traded by their extended family for perhaps a bag of rice — and they are sent to work in fields or other child labor positions. They were in such vulnerable places and could have easily been traded by their “owners” into a life of unspeakable slavery. They were rescued and are now being cared for at the orphanage — Monthly donations provide medical, food, clothing, housing, & education needs. ((Shameless plug!!…www.peacegospel.org/orphans has information on children awaiting sponsorship — check it out!!))And the doors — we just love the doors — so symbolic for us because Jesus says “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”Kirby Trapolino is an amazing artist — I’ve wanted to have his work in our home for a long time. Choosing 6 images out of tens of thousands was a challenge, but we love these — it throws people off a bit to come into a home of a white family, and there are (huge!) photos of little brown children on the walls. The first question is always, “Why?” For us, “Pure and undefined religion is this: to take care of widows and orphans in their distress” — so, that’s our goal. And loving on people. It’s just what we do.((Kirby Trapolino (ktrap) can be found on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and all those other places!))
So there you go..what a challenge to decorate our homes with more heart..more of who we are and what brings us joy and purpose.
More in this room later I promise! On with the sneak peeks around the Clarke home . . .
…In the other living space we did a grainsack fabric slipcover on a wing chair the Clarkes already had slipped there other club chairs as well.more in this room once the drapes are finished. It took years for Beth to find the right piece for over the mantle..lots of texts flying between us about stuff I found at Round Top and things she found out when shopping..she finally found these pieces at Memorial Antiques and Interiors in Houston during a sale and nearly jumped through my phone when she sent texts saying YES these will work! They were a splurge but worth the wait…they fill the brick suburban home with something unique with patina and fun.
We also refaced her fireplace to give it new life and the pillow is from Anthropologie of course. Walls throughout downstairs are my trusty BM Revere Pewter! Like I said more on this room and the rest of the house later. For now we are working on the master bedroom..it has been painted and has bed but needs a bolster for the bed and drapes! We are going to use this peacock fabric from Tilton Fenwick by Duralee..I know Gracie will make her windows and bed shine with some more fabric touches!
SO HAPPY MONDAY MORNING y’all..remember it takes time AND HEART when decorating a space and making a home. I need this reminder too and wanted to share!