Yes, you read that correctly. I’m sure you’re like, “she’s starting ANOTHER room?! Yes, it’s true. Ever since moving into our new home last summer, my head has been spinning with ideas for ways to transform each room in the house and truly make it feel like ours. My house project to-do list only gets longer by the day and I do tend to start and stop a lot, however, I have managed to check several rooms off the list. I’ll share more on those spaces later. But today, I am introducing you to a space that has needed some love since the day we stepped foot in the door last June. I simply couldn’t fight the urge to makeover our main floor Powder Room any longer and when I heard about the $100 Room Challenge, I knew it was the PERFECT time to jump in! Continue reading
*This post was in collaboration with Cost Plus World Market, however all thoughts, opinions and outright swooning are my own! This is our Bliss is a proud member of the Cost Plus World Market Blogger Trendsetter Tribe.
Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial nod to the start of Summer and if you are anything like us, we like to be OUTSIDE as soon as the Midwest weather starts cooperating! Having a comfortable and stylish outdoor space is important since it truly is an extension of our home in the warmer months. I started sprucing up our deck when I was at my local Cost Plus World Market store hosting an in-store DIY demo and fell head-over-heels in love with this outdoor pillow! I’m telling you, inspiration can strike at any time! You may remember it from when I shared it in my Fab Friday Finds Summer Stylin’ post! Continue reading
It’s sort of funny to me that I’m gearing up to begin introducing a few big room projects to you guys, just as the Spring 2017 One Room Challenge is wrapping up! But hey… I wasn’t prepared to begin overhauling a space when the challenge began at the beginning of April, so we’ll just roll on with these spaces now! Heck. Maybe I’ll even try to work the same 6 week timeline. There’s nothing like a deadline to put me into a full-blown crazy-girl-mode, but on the other hand, that crazy girl actually gets stuff DONE! Continue reading
It’s not easy to literally start over in January when the calendar flips to the new year. It is easy, however to make tweaks and changes to things you already do, schedules and systems you have in place or the semi-executed plans for that one room in your house. You know we all have them! That room, that cupboard, that stack of paper or that linen closet that all sort of operate, but not reaaaaally. Those spaces could all be better-functioning, more organized and certainly more pleasing to the eye! When the planning began for this year’s New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge, I originally wanted to tackle our main floor powder room. It is in DIRE need of a makeover, but when I got to thinking about a practical space to not just make “look” good, but one that really needed an overhaul, I landed on another option — the playroom!
The New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge is hosted by Stephanie of Casa Watkins Living and is made up of a group of 13 bloggers who are going to rally together to spruce up a room in our home over the course of the month of January. Yes, it’s like a mini One Room Challenge! However we’re not gutting any spaces or pouring the blood, sweat and tears into our spaces like we do for the ORC, well, I mean maybe a tiny bit will be shed, but for the most-part, it’s simply updating. Giving our spaces the much-needed facelift that it deserves for the new year! After all, its refreshing to check a project off the list right away in January, right?! We’ll be sharing our progress and updates on our blogs each Tuesday this month so be sure to keep up with how our spaces transform!
Today I’m going to share the before photos of the playroom, my inspiration / design board for the space and tell you a little bit about what my plans are to make this a more stylish and sophisticated space. Not to mention, much for functional and organized, too! With 2.5 and 4.5 year old boys running wild in this house, it’s nice to have a spot to corral all their things as well as allow for T and I to hang out in there with them as well!
Here is what we’re currently working with:
I’m telling you…it’s a HOT MESS in there! The good and the bad about this space is that it has double doors. It’s great because the doors help keep noise IN and when people are coming over, all I have to do is close the doors and poof! The mess is bye-bye. The doors, have allowed me to sort of ignore the room and not keep it organized. Notice I didn’t say clean or picked up, I said organized. We do have the boys pick up their toys when they are finished playing in here, but if there isn’t a designated spot to put each thing, it becomes difficult to teach how everything has a home and we have to put everything back where it belongs! Anyone else struggle with this notion?! I strongly, strongly believe that if you have an organized space with a “home” for everything, it becomes a much easier task to tidy up. Labels help a ton and cute storage containers don’t hurt either 😉
To see how we kept the littlest’s closet organized, check out the post I wrote on closet organization bins and labels that helped keep this nook looking in tip top shape day-in and day-out. Seriously!
Ok, back to the playroom. One component, other than a half-organized wall unit [yes, with some labels — see when I made them in our last playroom here], that I wanted to address was the lack of adult seating or a spot to sit period. We have 2 large clunky pieces of furniture along with the bench from the old reading nook, a train table, misshapen beanbag chair and a couple of floor bins for toys, but the space isn’t utilized well. In fact, I want to utilize more wall space and less floor space so that we can add some seating…for the kids, for us or for other moms to use during playdates. Yeah, to be able to sip our coffee and chat while the littles play!
Want to see what I have in mind?
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couch | rug | curtains | bamboo shades | storage bin | large art print | be bold art | animal art | ceiling light fixture | acrylic bookshelves | side table | green pillow | gold pillow | “high five” pillow | striped pillow | nesting tables
THE PLAYROOM CHECKLIST
clean out toys to toss or donate [broken, missing pieces, no longer interested, outgrown, unused, etc.]
remove furniture [will probably have a use for them in the basement]
get new window coverings
lengthen existing curtain panels
buy storage unit
attach unit to wall to create “built-in” storage system
decide on coffee table / play table
order light and find lamps
replace ceiling fixture [quickly!!]
find new storage bins
come up with new labels
determine other organizational /toy storage pieces for the walls
feature wall / accent wall?
Misc. DIY projects:
We painted the room after we moved in last summer so the wall color is staying, but I would like to do some sort of an accent wall or ceiling feature like I did in the dining room. I haven’t fully determined this piece yet, but I’ve got some ideas brewing!
So, what do you think? Can I pull this off in 4 weeks?!
Now that the boys are back to school this week and I can hopefully make some headway on the space so I have an update for you next Tuesday! Wish me luck! Be sure to head over to the other participant’s sites to see what spaces they’ll be tackling for the challenge!
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Thanks for hanging out here with me today! See you back soon!
What space in your home are you planning to refresh or tackle this year?
It’s here! It’s HERE! Nope, not Christmas morning, but it sort of feels like it in blogland right now. We’ve all been prepping and planning, ready to unveil our “chosen” spaces. The space that will receive a top-to-bottom makeover over the course of the next 6 weeks. Week 1 of the Fall 2016 One Room Challenge hosted by Calling it Home is here!
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the One Room Challenge [ORC] yet, buckle up. It’s going to be a wild and incredibly inspiring ride! When This is our Bliss was about 1 year old, I jumped in and joined the Spring 2015 One Room Challenge and madeover our guestroom. You can see Week 1 here and work your way to the reveal from there!
After sitting a couple rounds out, I’m now ready to rock and roll through this challenge! With our move into the new house in June, I really could’ve selected any given number of rooms, but the one I decided I really want to tackle this fall before the holidays is…. Continue reading
Kid rooms are my one of my favorite types of spaces to work on. Anything goes! Color, texture, pattern…cutesy, quirky, crazy – you name it! Long before we moved into our new house in June, I knew the biggest’s room was going to be next in line for some sprucing. I hadn’t laid a finger on his nursery since I first created it for him in 2012, the year he was born. Not a finger. Nope, not one. Not a new picture frame, throw pillow, not even one new thing entered through that door. It was the only room in the old house that remained completely untouched in the 4 years we lived there. Not only was changing up the decor a bit overdue, but so was getting him out of his crib / toddler bed. He’s a pretty tall little boy and he had to literally start tucking his legs up to sleep comfortably in his bed. I know, bad mom, but we didn’t want to buy a bed until we moved in. We wanted to be sure space allowed for the right-sized bed. In other words, we didn’t want to splurge on a California king if only a twin would fit. Not that we were ever planning to buy a bed that big, but you catch my drift! Continue reading