Decorating takes time & heart

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.

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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.

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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;

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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.

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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!))

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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.

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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!

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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!

 

Where to use shiplap

This is hot discussion! It seems I am talking more and more with new clients, both those remodeling as well as those in new construction, about where to use wood walls or “shiplap” as it is commonly called.  It seems everyone is hot for this look and I love it too!

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Found on bystephanielynn.com

When remodeling older homes you often uncover great wood walls behind yucky old cheesecloth and wallpaper or under old sheetrock or popcorn ceiling. In our own home reno this was a recent discussion when we tore out some popcornish ceilings.  But often the wood can be too rough or damaged and decisions have to be made if it can be saved or used.
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We actually went over our wood ceiling with new wood so we could have pot lights, another layer of sound barrier, less dust, and cover a very damaged area of wood in the corner of the room.
So remodeling you just have to go room by room and situation by situation to decide what will work and that often determines where the wood/shiplap appears in the final design.
We all love India Hick’s dining room with this picture ledge look shown below! This actually isn’t a great photo of the ceiling but it caught my eye!
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and on Little Green Notebook below
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What I have been noticing is where wood is used in conjunction with sheetrock and what I have determined is it really looks good anyway:  sheetrock on ceilings with shiplap wood walls OR sheetrock on walls with wood/shiplap ceilings.  Or everywhere..they I notice most people don’t want it everywhere unless they are at the beach or just really really in love with it.
Here it is over a fireplace. Def seems beachy here…trim out is so nice.
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And here on Houzz used on ceiling and walls with coffered ceiling in next room…the flows of these treatements intrigue me.
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And while I typically think of shiplap as being white it is of course done wonderful here by Phoebe Howard in gray.
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And this classic Southern home below in Southern Living is one of my faves and shows how shiplap isn’t just beachy or cottagey but can be quite traditional and classy! This photo is also a good example of shiplap painted something other than white white and i like it…looks so good with the transom.
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And this decorpad post shows how shiplap can work in a kitchen though I typically see and like it on kitchen ceilings.
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oh Yes another photo from Southern Living…i hate to sound Southern-centric (not really i really don’t mind;) but I do think Southerners do shiplap well…is it as common in all other regions of the country I wonder..it is very prevalent in the construction of old homes in Texas and other parts of the South is it like that everywhere, New England, midwest I wonder? Obviously we think of it as a beachy Nantucket thing. ..Main thing to remember is this was not something created by HGTV just recently, its not a trend really shiplap has been around a long time in vernacular homes and has made its way into American design forever from casual to high end.
Where do you like to see shiplap used?  On ceilings? On walls? Or both? Always painted white or a color??
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I leave you with this final photo of my big shiplap project, my mom and I tackled nearly 15 years ago in our old house.  Lots of little cheesecloth strings to clip.  Ok i miss my office just a little!
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