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Fall Home Tour 2016

Are you ready? Today marks the second official day of fall and my first official [fall] home tour of the new house! Let’s face it. I couldn’t keep directing you guys (especially my new readers) to the empty house tour! As exhilarating as it was, I’m sure you’ve been waiting for some action and I don’t blame you!

If you’re joining me here today from Pretty Real Blog or any other stops along this Fall Home Tour hop hosted by Meg of Green with Decor, then welcome!

In May, I shared my Summer Home Tour of our last house right before our move in June. Fast forward through a few months of midwestern heat & humidity, a couple road trips, Haven conference, both boys’ birthdays, our 5 year anniversary, back-to-school (read: 2 year tots and 4’s preschool, but school nonetheless!) and working on turning the new house into a home, it has been slightly cray! Once September arrived and the level of sticky, mugginess FINALLY let up on us here in Chicago-land, we started to settle into our new home and the day-to-day routines. With both boys being in “school” for the first time together, it freed up a little time for me to begin planning projects and get busy!

Let me show you what I’ve been working on. Here is a peak into our home all dressed up for fall…

Fall living room with cozy plaid flannel throw blanket | Fall Home Tour 2016 | This is our Bliss | www.thisisourbliss.com

This is our formal living room right off the front entry. It has 2-story windows and gets a boat load of direct sunshine in here in the afternoon. If you remember back, our formal living room was my favorite spot in the house, so thankfully we were able to use most of the old furniture, including basically everything in this room — couch, 2 chairs, coffee table, end table and bookcase. And a gajillion chotchkies, of course.
Fall living room with cozy plaid flannel throw blanket | Fall Home Tour 2016 | This is our Bliss | www.thisisourbliss.comThe fluffy shag rug was in our old bedroom, so when we moved and I decided it was time to temporarily retire our bold black and white geometric rug from the old living room, this one seemed to be the perfect fit. Light and cozy…perfect for fall!

Cozying this space up for the cooler months ahead was pretty simple. A few textured throw pillows and a soft flannel throw blanket. I could curl up right here any day of the week!

A few fuzzy, textured throw pillows and a flannel throw blanket cozy this space right up for fall! | This is our Bliss | www.thisisourbliss.comFall living room with cozy plaid flannel throw blanket | Fall Home Tour 2016 | This is our Bliss | www.thisisourbliss.com

I love toying around with coffee table decor and styling it different ways every so often, so when a new season or holiday is approaching you can certainly bet money I’m going to be digging through my knick knacks and playing house! [See my coffee table styling tips here.]

Coffee table styling perfect for fall with white pumpkins!! | This is our Bliss | www.thisisourbliss.com

This room connects straight through to the dumping grounds  vacant room that is currently a top contender for the Fall 2016 One Room Challenge starting in October.

Neutral Glam Living Room decorated for fall | This is our Bliss | www.thisisourbliss.com

It hasn’t been touched since we moved in except for when the boys decide to play with the rolled up rugs and random, half-unpacked boxes when they need a change of scenery from their regular play spaces! I’ll save myself some embarrassment and NOT include a picture of this room in the tour. Trust me, its bad.

On to the kitchen and family room…

Fall Tablescape perfect for a cozy night in with friends and family | This is our Bliss | www.thisisourbliss.com

Our kitchen, eat-in dining area and family room combined create one large space. I love that it’s completely open so when I’m prepping dinner and the boys are playing in the family room or we’re entertaining guests, you can see and hear everything going on.

Casual fall tablescape with gold & copper accents | This is our Bliss

I kept the table casual and cozy using a mix of prints and tieing in the teal blue color that I’m using in our family room right now. [See more of my Fall Table here!]

I’ve always been such a neutral girl and color to me, was like dark gray or light gray. ha! I’ve recently learned to take a step on the wild side and change my ways a bit. I love how a few pops of non-traditional fall colors have made their way into the house lately. Especially the teals and golden yellow against the newly painted dark accent wall. It’s amazing how the room suddenly feels warm and inviting, yet so moody. It was a nice way to break up the space a bit since it really is 3 rooms in one giant room!

Family Room with non-traditional fall colors | This is our Bliss

A simple fall mantel….

Simple fall stems in a black and white vase for a quick fall mantel! | This is our Bliss | www.thisisourbliss.com Simple fall stems in a black and white vase for a quick fall mantel! | This is our Bliss | www.thisisourbliss.com

I gathered a few things from around the house and added this cute glass and copper pumpkin and a few feathers down on the other end. That’s it! That’s the mantel folks! Nothing too snazzy!

Simple fall stems in a black and white vase for a quick fall mantel! | This is our Bliss | www.thisisourbliss.com

I prefer to keep it simple, especially since we have that large obnoxious monstrosity of a black box mounted over the mantel. If I had my way, there would be a gorgeous glam mirror or piece of art hanging, but no. Someone *insists* that’s where they belong! I don’t argue because I pretty get to decide what happens on every other wall in the house. I’ll make this one sacrifice 😉

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The family room couch is loaded up with more furry and fuzzy pillows.

Furry fuzzy pillows and throws for a cozy couch | This is our Bliss | www.thisisourbliss.com
Cozy fall couch with furry fluffy throw pillows and a flannel blanket | www.thisisourbliss.com

I try to keep the pillows lightly colored since the couch is such a heavy dark brown. I think the pillows help to keep it a little bit light and fresh. What do you think? Please say they do. My dreams of a white or cream-colored couch coming true are in the extremely distant future.

Cozy fall couch with furry fluffy throw pillows and a flannel blanket | www.thisisourbliss.com

I’ll just keep working with what I got for now!

Cozy fall couch with furry fluffy throw pillows and a flannel blanket | www.thisisourbliss.com

Situated between the family room seating area and the kitchen table is a cocktail / beverage serving station. I zhushed up a thrifted piece of furniture earlier this year after deciding it made an excellent bar-moire after originally using it during the holidays last year.

Fall Bar Cocktail serving station | such a fun barmoire! | This is our Bliss | www.thisisourbliss.com Fall Bar Cocktail serving station | such a fun barmoire! | This is our Bliss | www.thisisourbliss.com

Isn’t she cute?!

A quick trip upstairs to show you our brand new wallpaper accent wall in the master bedroom.

Bedroom Wallpapered accent wall | Glam Master Bedroom | This is our Bliss | www.thisisourbliss.com Master bedroom decor with glam wallpaper accent wall | black and white chic | This is our Bliss | www.thisisourbliss.com

I fall-ified the bedroom a bit, too, by adding velvet pillows in blush and burgandy and a fresh fall flower bouquet. Those rich colors work really well with the black and white, so just might be staying around a little longer than the fall season. Shouldn’t they!?

Chic wallpaper with berry colored and leopard print pillows | This is our Bliss | www.thisisourbliss.com Classy and chic black and white wallpapered bedroom accent wall! Perfect nightstand styling too! | This is our Bliss | www.thisisourbliss.com

I just revealed this space yesterday! I knew I wanted to get our master bedroom worked on right away because after nearly 4 years, I finally refreshed our bedroom in the old house only to find out a couple weeks later we were moving! I wasn’t going to be waiting another 4 years to have a space for me. I mean us, of course. 😉

Bold and feminine master bedroom with wallpaper accent wall | This is our Bliss | www.thisisourbliss.com
Chic wallpaper with berry colored and leopard print pillows | This is our Bliss | www.thisisourbliss.com

Back down the stairs and we’ve arrived at the front door.

Fall front entryway with classic black hunter boots | This is our Bliss | www.thisisourbliss.com fall-front-entryway-this-is-our-bliss-www-thisisourbliss-com

It sure isn’t the old door, but with its new bold look, I think it’s working hard to win me over. The black doors were a success!

Thanks so much for joining me here today to have a peek around. And if you come back again soon [please do!] I’ll be sharing more photos and details on the fall table you saw earlier and there will be another progress update on the Curious Little Gentleman Big Boy Room.

We’re finally in the home-stretch!

Don’t forget to pin for inspiration:

Bold Graphic Glam Fall Home Tour 2016 | This is our Bliss | www.thisisourbliss.com

Thanks again and have a fabulous weekend!! Before you head out to enjoy the beautiful September weather, be sure to stop by and check out the fall home tours of everyone below. You’ll be amazed by the amount of inspiration! There is a style and aesthetic for everyone!!

Another big thank you to Green with Decor for hosting and inviting me to join in the fall fun!

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Fall decorating ideas from 34 talented bloggers

Monday

Green With Decor
Craft and Tell
Little Bits of Home
Love & Renovations
Newly Woodwards
Simple Nature Decor
Our Crafty Mom

Tuesday

My Life From Home
House by Hoff
Wife in Progress
Knock it off Kim
Average But Inspired
Lehman Lane
Pocketful of Posies

Wednesday

My Creative Days
Sharon Joyce Interiors
2 Bees in a Pod – Vicki’s house
Iris Nacole
Up to Date Interiors
Seeking Lavender Lane
Casa Watkins Living

Thursday

The DIY Mommy
The Honeycomb Home
Two Purple Couches
2 Bees in a Pod – Jenn’s house
Go Haus Go
Love Your Abode
Live the Fancy Life

Friday

Pretty Real Blog
This is Our Bliss
Designing Vibes
Shabby Grace Blog
Southern State of Mind
Our House now a home

 You can check here for more of my other home tours and here for other tablescape ideas!

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  • Kim @Hunt & Host
    October 7, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    Your home is amazing, I am a sucker for black and white, this speaks to my soul!!! love it!

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      October 7, 2016 at 3:10 PM

      Thanks, Kim! The b + w combo will always be a part of my home. I’m always happy to meet another lover of it!!

  • Roxanne
    October 5, 2016 at 8:48 PM

    This is stunning! Pinning!

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  • Stephanie @ Casa Watkins Living
    October 1, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    Absolutely beautiful Rachael! I’m loving all the fall touches and your tablescape is superb!!!!!!! My favorite part of your tour. 🙂

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      October 7, 2016 at 3:08 PM

      Thanks, girl! Glad I have your table approval—you are the QUEEN of a beautiful tablescape! Thanks so much 😉

  • Jenna @ Wife in Progress
    September 29, 2016 at 2:35 PM

    I thought I had already commented…whoops! I love how moody this home tour is! The colors totally epitomize fall…I adore everything!

  • cassie8978
    September 28, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    your home is so lovely, rachael! love the tablescape especially! and of course the bar cabinet and bedroom that you’ve recently done!

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      October 7, 2016 at 3:07 PM

      Thank you, Cassie! I had fun styling this fall table…one of my new favorite things to do! The bar has become a staple in the house ha! and I am enjoying the new look of the bedroom. Thanks again 😉

  • Samantha
    September 27, 2016 at 5:03 PM

    Love this tour! The mantel and the table are my favorites!

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      October 7, 2016 at 3:06 PM

      Thanks so much, Sam!! I can’t seem to find it in me to deconstruct the table yet – so…I get to keep enjoying it ha!

  • My Life From Home
    September 26, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Rachel, your home is stunning! I love the bold and colorful style you have. Enjoy your new spaces!

  • prutledge16
    September 25, 2016 at 4:25 AM

    Absolutely stunning! You have such a way of decorating that truly inspires me. Your tablescape is beautiful, love the bedroom accent wall, the round coffee table…you name it!

    Thanks so much for sharing!
    xo
    Pat

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      October 7, 2016 at 3:04 PM

      Thanks, Pat! That really means a lot. I’m so happy to have you as a dedicated reader and love hearing that I have helped to inspire even a bit 😉 Thank you, thank you!!

  • Kathy
    September 25, 2016 at 1:27 AM

    Your tablescape is SOOO pretty! I love all of the Fall touches. It’s so rich, classy, yet casual. Can I move in?

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      October 7, 2016 at 3:03 PM

      Thanks, Kathy!!You’re too sweet! I’ve really come to love table styling lately. And yes! Please come on over 😉

  • Tara Lehman
    September 24, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    What a fun and cozy tour Rachael! I love the pop of color from those yellow pompoms in the vases and you have so many great textures in all your different textiles. Beautiful!

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      October 7, 2016 at 3:02 PM

      Thanks, Tara! I fell in love with that shade of yellow and decided I just HAD to have those stems!

  • Kim
    September 24, 2016 at 3:10 PM

    Rachael, I LOVE everything about your home! I love the dark, moody walls and the pops of color, along with the expected and unexpected textures of fall. Perfect!

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      October 7, 2016 at 3:01 PM

      Wow! Thanks, Kim!! I am really enjoying the dark wall in the family room! The colors I chose just sort of came together without much thought or planning, but am happy with how it all landed!!

  • meghemm
    September 24, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    Love your home!! The wall colors and pillows are so pretty! Love that circle coffee table, too!

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      October 7, 2016 at 3:00 PM

      Thanks, Meg!! You were a wonderful host! I have a pillow obsession for sure. I think I need another closet to contain them all!

  • Iris Nacole, IrisNacole.com
    September 24, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    I LOVE it Rachael! I could go on and on about the entire tour, but I’ll save you from that novel. It was pure perfection!

  • Amanda
    September 24, 2016 at 7:34 AM

    Oh my goodness, so gorgeous!! Your home looks so cozy!

  • twopurplecouches
    September 23, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    Rachael, your home is absolutely stunning! I love how you’ve blended black, white metallics & pops of yellow and burgundy! Gorgeous!!

  • michellejames42
    September 23, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    What a stunning home you have! I love all the metallics & your tablescape is beautiful!

  • designingvibes
    September 23, 2016 at 1:46 PM

    Rachael,
    The cocktail station is to die for! So in love. And that tablescape? Absolutely fabulous. Your home looks amazing. You are so talented.

    Much Love,
    Erica
    Designing Vibes

  • Sara
    September 23, 2016 at 1:22 PM

    Rachel, I’m loving your new place! You’ve done a lot thus far and it looks amazing. Your tablescape is flawless…. the centerpiece arrangement is the bees knees!!! Loved the tour.

  • My Creative Days
    September 23, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    I love all the textures and colors in your fall home tour! So pretty! Thanks for inviting us in! Happy Fall!

  • Alison
    September 23, 2016 at 12:10 PM

    So pretty, Rachael! And you put it all together so quickly! I am knee deep in projects and this gave me a little motivation to get going! 😉

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      October 7, 2016 at 2:59 PM

      Thank you, Alison! I did put the hammer to the nail trying to get the house ready for fall. I’m happy everything came together to be able to share it with everyone. Glad I could help with a little motivation! 😉

  • Heather
    September 23, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    Looove everything but that table setting is so so lovely! What is that art on top of the bar-moire?! Love!!!

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      October 7, 2016 at 2:58 PM

      Thanks, my dear! I think I told you already, but it’s a framed art piece from HomeGoods. I grabbed it sometime this summer 😉

  • Heather
    September 23, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    It’s all GORGEOUS!!! I love your palettes and the new wallpaper accent wall is fantastic!!!!

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      October 7, 2016 at 2:57 PM

      Thanks, girl!! I’m pretty much in love with the wall! Happy to finally have some rooms ready to share. Everything was so awful and bare / crazy messy in the beginning ha!

  • Vel
    September 23, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Your home is so pretty Rachael no matter the season! Love the subtle fall touches you added!

  • Jenny
    September 23, 2016 at 8:05 AM

    Looks great! I love all of the pattern and contrast that you have in your new home! Not to mention those yummy Moscow mules… 😉 My new favorite drink – I’m obsessed! How’s that kitchen coming along? 😉

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      October 7, 2016 at 2:55 PM

      Thanks, Jenny! I’ve become a little obsessed myself!! The kitchen is in the same state it was when I talked to you about it!! I’m not sure anything will happen until after the holidays. I’ll probably be reaching out to you about the cabinets again ha!

  • 2beesinapod
    September 23, 2016 at 7:40 AM

    Rachael – your home is jaw-dropping gorgeous! We love your mix of color and textiles! You’ve accomplished a lot since your recent move…and it looks great. Happy Fall!

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      October 7, 2016 at 2:54 PM

      Wow!! Thank you so much! I’ve been chipping away little-by-little so it was fun to be able to share a home tour with everyone!!

  • Tiffany DeLangie
    September 23, 2016 at 7:30 AM

    It’s lovely! I love it all but especially the pillows and how you styled your table. gorg!
    Tiffany
    -Pretty Real Blog

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