Fig & Farm (at home) - Design Happy Living
// Creating a cozy home all year long: a conversation with special guest, best selling author and dynamic blogger, Liz Marie Galvan!

// Creating a cozy home all year long: a conversation with special guest, best selling author and dynamic blogger, Liz Marie Galvan!

June 30, 2022

On today's podcast I'm joined by special guest Liz Marie Galvan, author of lizmarieblog.com and bestselling author of Cozy White Cottage and Cozy White Cottage: Seasons. She's also the co-owner of The Found Cottage, her home decor boutique. She blogs daily about life on her farm, their 1800s fixer-upper farmhouse, her latest DIY project, even about their adoption journey. 

In our conversation today, we talk about what cozy means to Liz Marie and how cozy can be translated and re-created in any home, any space, any corner. Liz Marie shares tips on creating intentional cozy spaces for kids and how to create cozy spaces outdoors.

You can connect with Liz Marie on her blog at: www.lizmarieblog.com

follow her daily stories on Instagram @lizmariegalvan or read her book, anywhere books are sold. 

I hope you are inspired by today's conversation!

xo,

dani

// Is it time to rent a storage unit?! Shopping the house to decorate your home doesn’t mean you should be drowning in excess!

// Is it time to rent a storage unit?! Shopping the house to decorate your home doesn’t mean you should be drowning in excess!

June 28, 2022

BEFORE you rent a storage unit...

to hold all of the textiles, pillows, artwork, lamps, etc. you use when you shop the house for decorating- take stock of what you already have! 

When decorating your home, shopping the house doesn't mean you should be drowning in excess! Storing simply, using the space and furniture you already have, and rotating items often can help you successfully shop your home using the items you've already vetted!

Utilizing furniture that can pull its weight by serving both FORM and FUNCTION is the easiest way to minimize STUFF and to store any excess with ease!

 

// Links mentioned in show: //

Email: figandfarmathome@gmail.com

Facebook Community: https://bit.ly/design101group

 

 

// Tired of hearing ”MOM, I’m bored?” 5 tips for cultivating creativity for the kids while creating space for moms to get some work done this summer!

// Tired of hearing ”MOM, I’m bored?” 5 tips for cultivating creativity for the kids while creating space for moms to get some work done this summer!

June 23, 2022

Are you tired of:

 

hearing..."MOM, I'm bored!"

or

seeing...your kids plugged in to screens all day?

 

Me too! That's why I developed this simple summer time system that keeps the kiddos engaged throughout the day WITHOUT me needing to entertain them! This same structure allows me the freedom to work independently: whether that work is working from home or working around the house.

The TRUTH of the matter? Sometimes kiddos need a little bit of structure to help them thrive and sometimes this structure ACTUALLY helps them to play longer and more independently. I learned this lesson while teaching my student Marshawn all those years ago. He taught me that structure, even in summer, isn't necessarily a bad thing. 

Continue the conversation after the show to share your ideas and tips for beating summer time boredom: https://bit.ly/design101group

 

 

 

// Celebration Week // Design questions asked and answered…with a twist, featuring special guest and good sport, Greg!

// Celebration Week // Design questions asked and answered…with a twist, featuring special guest and good sport, Greg!

June 17, 2022

Questions! Questions! Questions! 

You know you have a 'keeper' when you can play a public game of Stump Greg to see what he knows about home design! Before the podcast went live a year ago, we played on Instagram and it was a fan favorite! Bringing it back today - Podcast style. 

 

The questions I'm asking Greg are questions I received from listeners and have already answered either on a Quick Tip Tuesday or on the blog at figandfarmathome.com Today...I'm asking Greg some of these same questions to see what he would advise! He's been taking great notes throughout the year and has some wonderful answers!

Enjoy today's silly antics...my version of having FUN while celebrating a year of podcasting! Next week we're bringing back the regularly scheduled content.

Do you have questions you want featured on the show? Send me your questions at figandfarmathome@gmail.com

Want to receive my newsletter so you don't miss fun give-aways, deep discounted offers or silly antics? Send me an email to be added to the list or join the Facebook Community! https://bit.ly/design101group

 

Thank you for celebrating with me this week - it's been a joy!!

xo,

dani

 

 

// Celebration Week // 5 tips for engaging in dinnertime kid-centered conversation with kiddo conversation expert, Owen!

// Celebration Week // 5 tips for engaging in dinnertime kid-centered conversation with kiddo conversation expert, Owen!

June 16, 2022

Dinnertime habits and routines...do you have them? Do you eat on the go? Do you engage in conversation around the dinner table? 

 

Today's conversation is with my oldest son Owen who has fifteen years of experience engaging in dinnertime conversation with his family! He's sharing 4 tips to help busy mamas slow down and really connect with kid-centered topics. The last tip...it's for the kids. 

 

5 tips for engaging in kid-centered dinnertime conversation:

1. Star Wars: keep a picture dictionary handy so you know who's who

2. Soccer (or any sport): keep a general rule book handy so you can fact check rules that don't sound like rules

3. Marvel: back to the picture dictionary or, better yet, get out the figurines so you can identify who's who

4. Video games: keep eye contact with the kids when they're sharing ALL the details because it's important to them

5. Kids...be sure to compliment your mamas for the delicious meal. And if you don't like it, at least say thank you for their hard work in preparing it. 

 

// Links mentioned in show: //

Email: figandfarmathome@gmail.com

Facebook Community: https://bit.ly/design101group

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/figandfarm/

 

Be sure to tell me what games you play at your dinnertime table!

Dani

// Celebration Week // A year in review! Behind the scenes in podcasting - the good, the not so good and goals for the next year!

// Celebration Week // A year in review! Behind the scenes in podcasting - the good, the not so good and goals for the next year!

June 15, 2022

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY fig & farm (at home)!

 

In today's episode I'm sharing the five things that have been difficult with podcasting this past year, as well as five things that have made it all worth while. Would I do it again...say yes to the fear, the uncertainty of a job I knew nothing about? Without a doubt...YES! Saying yes in pursuit of a dream, so my boys could watch front and center is the main reason I said yes to podcasting. But spreading the message that our homes are canvases for story telling and that we, as home dwellers are the authors of that story is my main mission! I am happy to be walking this journey with so many of you who have been with me from the start! Thank you for a wonderful year!

 

// Links mentioned in show: //

Website: https://www.figandfarmathome.com

Facebook Community: https://bit.ly/design101group

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/figandfarm/

Subscribe to the newsletter: figandfarmathome@gmail.com

 

 

// Bonus: Celebration Week // 5 tips for planning a kiddo birthday party that your kids will remember for years to come, with kiddo expert and party connoisseur, Charlie!

// Bonus: Celebration Week // 5 tips for planning a kiddo birthday party that your kids will remember for years to come, with kiddo expert and party connoisseur, Charlie!

June 14, 2022

Everyone loves a good party...even the smallest among us! 

Hosting a child's birthday party at home doesn't have to be intimidating, overwhelming or avoided. Use these 5 tips so you can plan a party that your kiddo will remember for years to come!

Party planning tips provided by 11 year old Charlie, kiddo expert and party connoisseur!

5 Party Planning Tips: 

1. Invite guests your kids love spending time with

2. Choose a party theme that your kiddo will LOVE

3. Plan thematic party activities

4. Plan thematic party food

Bonus: Plan and wear thematic costumes

5. Don't skimp on the party favors (make those thematic too!)

Bonus: Pre-planning and structuring your activities will help center the excited kiddo energy that naturally comes along with parties, while also keeping the kiddos engaged so their energy is focused and productive. 

 

// Links mentioned in show: //

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// BONUS: Celebration Week! // 6 tips for designing a kid centered room with special guest and kid expert, Henry!

// BONUS: Celebration Week! // 6 tips for designing a kid centered room with special guest and kid expert, Henry!

June 13, 2022

It's a week of celebration here on the podcast! We're celebrating one year of podcasting! Today's special guest, Henry - a Master Lego builder, kitty enthusiast and voracious reader!

 

Henry shares his six tips for designing a kid centered room. 

1. Choose a theme

2. Make sure you are including things that the kids like (i.e. colors)

3. Create cozy corners

4. Include lots of storage

5. Make space for pets

6. Include storage for special books

 

Give-aways are happening all week long in celebration of the podcast anniversary! Are YOU:

* subscribed to the newsletter? Email are at: figandfarmathome@gmail.com

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* part of our Facebook Community? https://bit.ly/design101group

 

Let the celebration fun continue!!

xo,

dani

// The NUMBER ONE thing keeping home owners from creating a home they love is actually a MYTH: a conversation with Jessica Velasquez from Interiors By Jessica!

// The NUMBER ONE thing keeping home owners from creating a home they love is actually a MYTH: a conversation with Jessica Velasquez from Interiors By Jessica!

June 9, 2022

Today's conversation is with interior designer Jessica Velasquez from Interiors By Jessica. Her combined experience in real estate and interior design are the foundation behind her mission: serving first time home owners!

Jessica believes that first time home owners are an under-served demographic who often times get stuck believing that their homes aren't good enough to invest in and that their budgets are too small to make any reasonable change. 

We talk candidly about:

* imposter syndrome as designers working in the industry

* understanding your aesthetic and unique design code

* identifying your intention and any limiting beliefs keeping you stuck

* the importance of creating a road map that leads toward design

* how critical communication is when hiring an interior designer

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY

* the philosophy behind creating, respecting and utilizing a budget no matter HOW SMALL

 

// Links mentioned in show //

Email to join the newsletter: figandfarmathome@gmail.com

5 home secrets to elevate your home this weekend: https://bit.ly/5homesecrets

Community: https://bit.ly/design101group

Website: www.figandfarmathome.com

 

// Connect with Jessica //

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/interiors_by_jessica/

FREE guide - Your Home, Your Sanctuary: https://mailchi.mp/interiorsbyjessica.ca/the-self-care-home-guide

Website: https://www.interiorsbyjessica.ca

Pins to Reality: https://mailchi.mp/interiorsbyjessica.ca/frompinstorealityoctober2021

 

Happy styling!

xo,

Dani

// Scale REALLY does matter: guidelines to consider when choosing a chandelier for your home.

// Scale REALLY does matter: guidelines to consider when choosing a chandelier for your home.

June 7, 2022

Scale matters!

In so many facets of home design, having the appropriate scale will help your room feel 'just right' or sometimes not right at all. So what scale should we be thinking when it's time to choose a chandelier for a room? How about choosing a chandelier for hanging over a dining room or kitchen table? 

If you're in the market for a chandelier, you may want to take some notes, grab your calculator and be ready to do some serious math. Not hard math, but seriously, yes, you'll need to do some math. 

General guidelines:

     * For a room:

      1. Add the width of the room + the length of the room

      2. Take that number, remove the ft. label and instead place inches.

      3. That number in inches should be the diameter of the chandelier for 

          your room. (ex. 12' + 12' = 24' / 24" diameter chandelier)

     * For hanging above a dining room or kitchen table:

      1. Measure your table in inches

      2. The diameter of your chandelier should be no closer to 12" from all

         edges of your table

      3. For example: table measurement 42" x 80" 

         (42-24 = 18" diameter chandelier)

         But if you want it to be rectangle:

         (80-24 = 56" the length of the chandelier)

 

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Happy Styling!

xo,

dani

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