Newlyweds Nest into Their Dallas Home

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We tried to add texture in the living room by including layered rugs and a variety of mudcloth pillows paired with the neutral fabrics and earth tones. (Image credit: Beth Allen)

Name: Beth and Jake
Location: Dallas, Texas
The basics: 1 year, rented — 900 square feet

Newlyweds Beth and Jake have created a cozy cocoon of a home that is warm, welcoming and perfect for entertaining. Layering textures and eclectic finds, their space is full of funky organic vibes.

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: My husband Jake and I recently got married, so this is our first space together as newlyweds, and it has been such an oasis for us. The neighborhood we live in is old, but sweet and quirky. Our house is blue so we like to think that we fit in nicely here. Living in this location has meant so much to us. I worked in a neighborhood school around the corner, there’s a park down the street where Jake always tries to beat me in tennis (usually successful), and we often double up on the scooter and ride around the hood to get coffee or popsicles. Our home is made up of many hand-me-down pieces that we feel like we worked nicely into our new digs. My favorite chair in the living room is one that I found on the side of the road… it got a nice facelift. And pillows are my love language.

What is your favorite room and why? The dining room. Here’s why: right when we were married, my husband and I picked out our first piece of furniture, a round reclaimed dining table with a grey finish. After countless meals shared with family and friends we have found that this room, housing this one table, has become one of the most important places for us to connect with our loved ones. It is a place where we navigate the complexity of life, a place where stories are told, a place where meals are shared, and a place where joy is experienced.This table has become an icon of grace and goodness. A wise friend of mine noted that “in the fast-paced, tech-saturated world it is important to recover the art of a slow meal around a table with people we care about.” All that to say, our simple dining room has served as a place of connection and belonging, which is why it is our favorite room.

If you could magically change something about your home, what would it be? I think our home could benefit from an entryway (so I could have a place for my vintage entryway table rather than keeping it in storage) or something to ease you into the space rather than walking in and “BAM!” here we are!

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? This simple wooden vase from McGee & Co.

Which fictional character would be most at home in your place? I’m going to say that Khaleesi would probably feel most comfortable in our home. Mainly because we host a pretty serious Game of Thrones viewing night and discussion group on Sundays when GOT is in season. And sure, the dragons can come too, they can troll the neighborhood.

Beth’s words of wisdom: Instead of trying to have your home polished and finished at once from all of the big department stores, try thinking about your home as more of a work in progress, always changing always growing, always adjusting to life. When things are too controlled then your home becomes a museum rather than a place of hospitality. Let it be a place of grace and compassion, it doesn’t have to be perfectly manicured. Try adding pieces from the vintage markets, garage sales, or even a side- of- the road find! Carefully mixing the refined with the hand- me- down elements makes for a unique space and a fun story!

Thanks, Beth!

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