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Thrifted Find | Little Lamp Revamp [How to Recover a Lampshade]

I walked in and within 60 seconds, had locked eyes with this little lady. She was barely visible, barely peeking out from the back of the tattered and troubled lighting section, but I saw her. She had a long, golden neck, but a sad and soiled shade…something I knew I could repair. I actually had a vision for her makeover crafted up in my head before I even reached the register. She was mine. All four dollars and ninety nine cents of her.

With minimal effort, I was going to have her looking FI-I-INE!! Continue reading

Easy Holiday Decor | DIY Wrapped Present Ornaments

So, you’re still with me on the let’s-do-this-christmas-decorating-thing-the-easy-way, right?

Well, I’ve been sprinkling a little holiday this and that from room-to-room and now that we have glitter, glue, tape, tree trimmings, shards of broken ornaments (I know, bad mom for not getting the memo on shatter-proof) sawdust from the mantle makeover project (deets coming soon) and who knows what else, I’m about ready to call it a DAY!

After the mantle is wrapped up this weekend, we can get our family room tree up and after that, the house is DONE. Holiday hoopla or Christmas cheer, whichever you prefer, has kicked into high gear and I can’t wait to spill it all! Next week is full-steam ahead! I’ll be sharing my holiday home tour for the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes on Tuesday, December 8th, but will be giving you a daily dose of decorating delight!

So, I’m sort of a pattern-girl. I like bold prints. I like to mix them. I like to match them. I like black, white and gold everything. I also like to coordinate. You see, when I find something I like, I tend to go all-in. For example, when I see wrapping paper I like, I buy it – all. year. long.
easy christmas decor - wrapped coffee table books supplies - This is our BlissI decided to go with a black, white, gold and red color scheme this year which basically means, I get to use everything in my normal, everyday decor, but just add a punch of red. I’m really digging the way the house looks with splashes of color right now!
I found a few neutral wrapping paper patterns and then a red plaid one that I love.
easy christmas decor - wrapped coffee table books - christmas coffee table styling - This is our BlissYou saw me use it in my holiday coffee table decor and you know it will be covering all of the presents under the tree when I get rolling on that front.
diy wrapped present ornaments - tree and chair this is our blissI love the prints so much that I thought I would toss a little IN the tree, too.

I give you my DIY wrapped present ornaments!
Easy holiday decor- DIY wrapped present ornaments - This is our BlissRounding up the supplies was super easy, because I had nearly everything – wrapping paper, ribbon, scissors, tape, glue gun…The base is a 3″x3″ canvas. I bought 2 packages (6 pieces per) at Michaels.
DIY present ornament supplies - This is our BlissYou really could use anything with some thickness – cardboard, even. To be honest, I was a little lazy and felt it would be easier to buy the canvases than hack up a cereal box or one of my daily Amazon deliveries.
DIY wrapped present ornaments - This is our BlissSimply wrap each piece of canvas like you would a gift.diy wrapped present ornaments - mini presents - wrapping paper - This is our BlissThen start by taking a piece of  ribbon and lay it flat underneath the present (pretty side face-down).
diy wrapping paper gift ornaments - striped ribbon - This is our BlissThen pull up the ends and criss-cross them in the center and wrap one end back around the front, all the way across and back to the backside. Secure it with a piece of tape.
DIY wrapped present ornaments - ribbon and glue gun - This is our BlissThen take your other loose end (should be a bit longer) and make your loop.
diy wrapped present ornament glue gun - This is our Bliss…Then, secure it with your glue gun.
DIY wrapped present ornaments - Tree shot - This is our BlissTa Da! Little mini wrapped presents that will match the packages underneath the tree! If you have a wrapper helper, then you are in luck. You can whip up 12 -15 of these guys in no time. I actually love to wrap gifts, so this was kind of therapeutic for me!

It doesn’t take much paper at all, so you will have plenty left for your big packages.
diy wrapped present ornaments - tree and chair this is our blissI like how it creates some visual interest within the tree since 95% of most ornaments are round, or spikey & curly-q, in my case!
Easy holiday decor- DIY wrapped present ornaments - This is our BlissAnd in case you’re wondering, there’s plenty more of that striped ribbon floating around here, too. I’m sure you’ll be seeing it in the near future. wink, wink.

Is your tree up? Have you started decorating anywhere else yet?

If you are gearing up now, you are in luck! You don’t have to go far either. Come right back here + all of the other stops in the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes – you are guaranteed to find the inspiration you are looking for!!
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12.2 | Life & Home at 2102 || Provident Home Design
12.3 | Simple Details
12.4 | The Pink Clutch || This is Happiness
12.7 |  Bless’er House  ||  The Tale Of An Ugly House
12.8 | Classic Casual Home  ||  This is our Bliss
12.9 | Primitive and Proper
12.10 | Shine Your Light  ||  Driven by Decor
12.11 | Suburban Bitches ||  Our Storied Home  

12.14 | Simply Sarah Style  ||  Rough Luxe
12.15 | Tour Highlights

12.16 | Our Link Party with YOU!

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Gold Metal Toy Bin + chalkboard label | Basement playroom accessories

So, here is my first (project) post since spilling it all out there for you guys last week. And you know what? It is actually a project that has been on the docket for months after thrifting it back in the summer. $5 later, I had the perfect spot in mind for where use it. That “spot” is one of the areas I wanted to refocus my attention to, so I did!

Remember? Mission: Project – LOCK.IT.UP! Let’s finish up these half-completed/barely-started projects and move on!

Anyone remember this rusted old bin from a past #thriftscorethursday post on Insta?
metal toy bin before - This is our BlissWell, I spiffed it up and have it ready to rock & roll as toy storage in the basement play area. Today, I’m going to share with you how!
play room DIY metal toy bin gold spray paint & chalkboard paint boy stuff playroom striped baskets This is our BlissAs you saw above, it needed some TLC, so here is what I did…

First, I took a damp paper towel and wiped it down to get all of the dust & cobwebs off of it. Yes, there was some serious spider business going on there and I hated every second of cleaning it even though it only took a minute.

Next, I gathered my supplies:
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metal toy bin before - diy toy bin - this is our blissThen, I scrubbed down the label area with a wet paper towel and another paper towel dabbed in goo gone. There were probably 10 or more pieces of tape & remnants of adhesive all across the front of the label, so I had to give it some good ol’ elbow grease. After that, the labor-intensive part was over!

Next, I spray-painted the bin with gold, covering all of the metal wiring, but not worrying about the label area (since it was going to get painted later). I thoroughly applied a second coat of spray paint and then let sit overnight.

Now it was time for the label section. First, I poured some chalkboard paint onto the paper plate and dipped my craft brush into it, generously covering the bottom half of the foam brush. From there, I simply applied it to the label area of the bin. I outlined the edges first and then filled in the middle with back-and-forth brush strokes.
metal toy bin gold spray paint one coat of chalkboard paint diy toy bin - this is our blissHere it is after two coats of chalkboard paint (I let the paint dry for 30 – 60 minutes between each coat)…

Next, I applied another coat & let it dry for 24 hours.
DIY toy bin gold spray paint & chalkboard paint boy stuff playroom This is our BlissAnd since I forgot to take a photo before I wrote on it and filled it with “boy stuff”, here is the finished product!
DIY metal toy bin gold spray paint & chalkboard paint boy stuff playroom striped baskets 2 This is our BlissI just love the detail of the legs…definitely resembling vintage hair-pin legs…
DIY metal toy bin gold spray paint & chalkboard paint boy stuff playroom This is our Bliss DIY metal toy bin gold spray paint & chalkboard paint boy stuff playroom striped baskets 1 This is our BlissI stumbled upon these black and white striped canvas bins in the basket section at Michaels about 3 or 4 months ago. They were 40% off and I thought they would look good in the basement play area acting as toy storage, but I think they look GREAT on either side of the gold metal bin!
If you are new over here, then you are getting your first dose of my black, white and gold obsession. #blackwhiteandgoldalways

I’ve only shared a handful of basement posts, so now that I’m refocusing my time and attention, I’ll be sharing more from this space.

metal toy bin gold spray paint & chalkboard paint diy toy bin - this is our blissDIY metal toy bin gold spray paint & chalkboard paint boy stuff playroom kid space This is our BlissLet’s take another look at where we started and how we ended. Everyone loves a good before & after shot 😉
gold metal toy bin before This is our Bliss After metal toy bin gold spray paint & chalkboard paint diy toy bin - this is our blissNot a single trace of dirt, rust, tape or spiders! I’m telling you…gold spray paint is like magic.
Before & after DIY metal toy bin gold spray paint & chalkboard paint boy stuff playroom striped baskets 2 This is our BlissAs a rule, I do love how most of my projects turn out, but I especially love this one. I find it so gratifying to take an old piece of junk and make it over into something pretty and new again. It was an awesome $5 investment! When I take the time to fix up my thrifted finds, I end up falling more in love with the finished products versus how I feel after I stumble upon a great find at HomeGoods. There is something about a DIY project – a sense of pride and ownership… a feeling of accomplishment.

Don’t get me wrong, I will still be trekking it up and down the HG aisles in pursuit of my next great <3!
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So, what do you think? Do you feel the same way after making over or creating something yourself? And I must ask, what is the last thing you used spray paint on?!

My new “about me” post will be coming up later this week, a basement progress report and a Fab Friday Finds post are still to come. Please come back again soon to see what’s going on over here!
This is our Bliss - signatureP.S. I do really appreciate your thoughts & comments from my last post. Sometimes we truly need to take a step back and refocus ourselves. I can tell you, my thoughts & focus were solely dedicated to my little man’s recovery after his surgery on Friday.

Your prayers and well wishes & sweet notes on social media meant the world to us – thank you! He is doing awesome and his “bump is all gone” and stitches are healing right up!

You all are the best! xo


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How to update an old Bookcase in 30 seconds | Back to Basics Week #3

I’m taking the word “basic” down to its core today. I mean, for real.

Aren’t we always looking for ways to give something a quick update without breaking the bank or taking up too much of our precious time? I feel that struggle ALL .OF. THE. TIME. Seriously, it’s just part of who I am, but I constantly have the urge to fuss with things around the house. Like Heather from Southern State of Mind puts it, “Can’t stop. Won’t stop zhushing my house.” Ain’t that the truth?!
Back to Basics Series Graphic - This is our Bliss - Southern State of Mind - Being Bianca - 11 Magnolia Lane - Heathered Nest - House by HoffToday is week 3 of our Back to Basic series where the 6 of us are giving our readers the low-down on some of our favorite tips, how-to’s and good-to-know’s for DIY’ng, decorating and all other things home!
Well, for my 3rd post in the series, I decided to go reaaaally basic.  No nightstand styling or pattern play fuss today!

back to basics - how to update an old bookcase with command hooks - 30 second makeover - formal living room bookcase - hanging art on a bookcase - shelf styling 3 - This is our blissInstead, I’m sharing a simple solution for how to update an old bookcase in 30 seconds for basically free. You could spend an entire day rearranging your bookcase knick knacks (like I recently did!), and another day painting the bookcase (if it needs it) and another few hours applying a patterned wallpaper or fabric backing OR you could take 30 seconds to make one small change and completely transform the look.

And the best part aside from it being a cinch – it only requires 2 things – a command hook & a piece of art. I mean we are talking about basics, right?

This itty bitty project will take your bookcase right from drab to fab and here’s how!

INSTRUCTIONS:

IMG_2648I had a package of these mini clear hooks laying around and they ended up being just the right size to fit along the middle section of the bookcase and would hold up an 11″x14″ frame.
*be sure to check the weight limit for the hooks you are using in comparison to the piece you are going to hang

Here is the bookcase before:
formal living room bookcase before - how to update an old bookcase - This is our blissformal living room bookcase before 1 - how to update an old bookcase - This is our blissAnd here are the simple steps I took to give it a quick facelift.

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That’s it! 30 seconds tops!

Does my “art” look familiar?! Things tend to shift around from time-to-time over here 😉
how to update an old bookcase with command hooks - 30 second makeover - formal living room bookcase - hanging art on a bookcase - This is our bliss how to update an old bookcase with command hooks - 30 second makeover - formal living room bookcase - hanging art on a bookcase - formal living room after - This is our bliss how to update an old bookcase with command hooks - 30 second makeover - formal living room bookcase - hanging art on a bookcase - chatbooks - This is our bliss  I just love how fresh & modern it feels! I had to flip flop a couple of shelf styling pieces because of the white mat of the “I want to have adventures with you” piece was a bit too close to the new art…I needed to disperse all of the bright white.

how to update an old bookcase with command hooks - 30 second makeover - formal living room bookcase - hanging art on a bookcase - living room chair - bookcase after - This is our blisshow to update an old bookcase with command hooks - 30 second makeover - formal living room bookcase - hanging art on a bookcase 2 - This is our bliss…and my favorite little stack of books – my chatbooks. I’ll have to fill you in another time, but if you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, you definitely should! That stack was created from my personal IG account, but at the Haven conference this summer, they had a chatbook created for each attendee. Such a special touch!
how to update an old bookcase with command hooks - 30 second makeover - formal living room bookcase - hanging art on a bookcase - shelf styling - This is our blissIt’s not too big and not too bulky, but it adds some depth and dimension. It does slightly cover some of my bookshelf accessories, but I did that intentionally…allowing a few things to sort of “peek out” from behind it.

I was really happy with the bookcase before, especially after recently rearranging everything, but now there is a “pop”. That little something unexpected… which is what I love most about styling and décor. I certainly haven’t mastered this area of expertise, but I sure do admire those who have. For now, I’m having fun playing around as I hone my skills!
how to update an old bookcase with command hooks - 30 second makeover - formal living room bookcase - hanging art on a bookcase - formal living room coffee table - This is our blissI’ll probably be shifting my shelves again any day now (just kidding! I mean, I just did it 2 weeks ago!) but I can change out the art as often as I want or even remove it completely if I get bored with it. I love command hooks for this reason. They are easy to use and 100% temporary!

I use them quite often for party decorations – like for holding up the ends of my DIY buntings I’ve made for my boys’ birthday parties (see a few here, here and here) and were used another time for a Thanksgiving bunting.

The books come in all sorts of colors and sizes, but I personally like the smaller clear hooks best. The are almost invisible if you aren’t placing something in front of them, like I did on the bookcase. They really do work like a charm!
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Are you digging up some hooks and running to your bookcase NOW?! I highly recommend you test it out…play around and see what you like. You might surprise yourself by trying something new!

So, do you have a bookcase and a half a minute to give this a shot?

And do yourself another quick favor and stop by and visit my awesome co-hosts and see what fun things they’re busting out to share today!

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Being Bianca
Heathered Nest
House by Hoff
Southern State of Mind
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If you are just catching up on our Back to Basics series today, see what you missed the last 2 weeks:
Back to Basics - How to style a nightstand - 6 elements of a well-styled nightstand - bedside table - bedroom decor - This is our BlissWeek 1: How to style a Nightstand
How to mix patterns - mixing patterns - mix like a boss - back to basics - pattern play - This is our BlissWeek 2: How to mix Patterns

Lots more on the way this week, so please do come back again soon!
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A Fall Entryway

Hello out there! Welcome! I am so happy to have my fall entryway table styled, photographed and ready to share with you today! If you’ve been reading for awhile, then you know I don’t typically go all out for fall, although I had fun styling our fall front porch last year. This year, I knew I wanted to decorate a few little nooks in the house and the entryway area was one of them!

If you follow me on instagram, then you may have seen a couple of sneak peeks, but I just couldn’t help myself! I joke that I am decades behind in my fall decorating here in the blogosphere, but you can’t win ’em all! However, I did just realize I didn’t post my front porch last year until October 30th…I guess I’ve come a little ways then 🙂

 I’m so happy this little nook of our house is fully decked out and ready for fall…and that I was able to complete this little space without too many interruptions from my little guys. Henry started preschool last week, and although Simon doesn’t really nap in the morning anymore, it is a tad bit easier to get things done around the house & here on the blog with just one little one running around! Preschool is a short 3 hours though, so I know I have to step it into high gear if I have a want to get through one task from start-to-finish. Although having lots of things going on simultaneously is the norm around here 😉 Buuut the fall entry is checked off the list and I think I will be wrapping up the front porch next…stay tuned!

Ok, lets get to the pics, shall we! Sidenote…there are lots of photos today. I recently bought a new camera lens so I was playing around (a lot) with these little vignettes. I hope you like it!

Fall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor - fall word art 1 - This is our BlissHere are a few shots from the top shelf…
Fall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor - DIY fall word art - leaves - open frame - This is our BlissIll just come right out and say it…Not to discriminate or anything, but I love the left side of the top of the table!
Fall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor - oversized DIY fall word art - leaves - open frame - This is our BlissFall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor - DIY fall word art -- open frame - This is our BlissThe oversized framed word art is a DIY that I will be sharing later this week…the white handled vase was a Goodwill find, that I painted white and “dipped” in gold (it was red to start!)…the leaves are from Pier1…the orange gourd (Michaels) is simply placed on a stack of books with a thrifted open gold frame resting in front of it…The little acorn art was printed from Graphicstock and put into a mini black, white and gold frame from HomeGoods…
Fall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor -staircase view - fall word art - mini framed acorn art 1 - This is our Bliss Fall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor -staircase view - fall word art - mini framed acorn art - This is our BlissFall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor - This is our BlissThe bottom of the table is filled with more HomeGoods finds…
Fall entryway - fall vignette - metallic artichokes - rustic number 4 -gingham fabric pumpkin - fall decor - This is our Bliss Fall entryway - fall vignette - metallic artichokes -gingham fabric pumpkin - fall decor - This is our BlissThe black & wood rustic number “4” has been in our family room leaning on a floating shelf, but I decided it needed to be a part of this little fall party. I wanted to keep the color scheme black, white and gold, with a pop of orange and a few natural touches. $25 from HomeGoods, but I’ve had it for a over a year.

When I spotted the black and white gingham fabric pumpkin, there was not a question whether or not it was coming home with me. Nope, not one.
I bought an orange light-up pumpkin from HomeGoods a few weeks back and originally had it here, but I moved it to the family room once I found this natural colored one at Pier One.
Fall entryway - fall vignette - metallic artichokes - rustic number 4 - fall decor - light-up pumpkin - This is our Bliss Fall entryway - fall vignette - metallic artichokes - rustic number 4 - fall decor - This is our BlissThese metallic artichokes are also from Pier1. I hadn’t been in there for quite awhile, but did find a few gems that day. Copper, gold and silver ones are sitting inside my gold-dipped bowl which typically resides in the kitchen. Shopping your home at its finest!Fall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor - view from the stairs - fall word art - This is our BlissMy black Hunter boots + leopard scarf are set off to the side to add a cozy, fall feel…that is…until I need to wear either of them!
Fall entryway - fall vignette - fall decor - boots & scarf - This is our BlissFall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor -staircase view - fall word art 1 - This is our Bliss fall entry way table - fall entryway - fall vignette - table styling - this is our bliss Fall entryway - fall vignette - DIY fall word art - framed word art - fall decor - This is our BlissI have a thing for “B’s” and “4’s”…If I find one I like, I usually buy it thinking it will just find its way somewhere in the house. Until you realize you have a “B” & a “4” in every room. Then you put them away for a little while, regroup and figure out which one needs to leave. This “B” was a gift from my parents and was pulled from my mantel.

The gold leaf bowl holds our keys or other personal items after we walk in the door and need a place to set them down. I always find that small trinket dishes or trays are a nice way to corral small, loose items and help you find them more easily.
Fall entryway - fall vignette - DIY word art - fall decor - This is our BlissThe sun mirror is a thrifted find. I remember when I found this piece earlier this year, the girl that sold it to me asked if I planned to paint it. I told her, “Yes, it’ll probably end up gold.” and it almost did. I tried working it into the Guestroom revamp project, but it didn’t quite make the cut, so back to my stash it went. When I went digging this week, I came across it and just loved the coloring – antiqued autumn colors! Perfect! Just the right amount of color to pull together the leaves and the solo orange gourd.
I did take my gold Rub ‘n Buff Wax and run some along the inner edge with a q-tip. That stuff will do the trick every time. Especially when its not something you want to spray-paint in its entirety.
Fall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor - DIY fall word art - leaves - This is our BlissI really love how my DIY oversized fall word art turned out and can’t wait to give you the scoop soon!
Fall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor - oversized DIY fall word art - leaves - open frame - This is our BlissAnd here is a shot of the entryway table at night…isn’t this sort of dreamy?
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Fall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor -staircase view - fall word art - This is our BlissAnd there’s that left-side again 😉
Fall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor -staircase view - fall word art 1 - This is our BlissThere it is! My fall entryway! [insert happy dance.] Now off to (frantically) tackle a few other things around here before the boys wake up!

Thank you for hanging out here for a bit today! I am working on a couple more posts to get out yet this week and don’t forget next Monday is Week #3 in our Back to Basics series. Check out my week 1 & week 2 if you missed!
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Check out below to see how I made a small change to my fall entryway…
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 …by adding in my DIY Fall Pillow! The orange plaid was just the perfect pop I needed on that bottom shelf!

What are your favorite spots in the house to deck out for fall? What colors do you like to use? Where are your go-to fall décor shopping stops?!

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Think again Thursday #5 [DIY Journal cover art]

Today I’m going to share my latest “Think again Thursday” project with you guys! A DIY Journal Cover Art piece! This may or may not be the very last project stemming from the One Room Challenge when I worked on our guestroom. I know, I know. You’re so OVER this guestroom! I understand. Well, I hope you still like this project – because even though I worked on it months ago, it has reignited a creative spark in me. I need that to happen more often.

I must admit. I feel really good about getting this series up & running! Awhile back, I had the idea to share how I take random everyday items and use them in new and unexpected ways – like a coin bank turned planter or using a curtain panel to reupholster a headboard. I mean, if you like a pattern, you like a pattern.

While perusing Pinterest or getting lost in blogland, I just LOVE when people share their ideas for ways to think outside the box. To do something unexpected with an ordinary object. Starting this series has inspired me to continue to strive to be creative while out shopping, thrifting or just decorating with things I have around the house – #shoppingyourhouse is THEE.BEST.THING! It is fun, free and it totally gives me a sense of accomplishment.

Like, “yeah, I just made this. with that!” Anyone else?

Not only am I happy to have 5 whole posts in this series ;), but it gets me thinking back to Haven and everything I still want to do here at This is our Bliss. What I want to turn this blog into…What the future holds…. and what direction do I want it to go in? I mentioned the other day that I have a few exciting things taking place in September, which is fitting because I have always thought of fall as a fresh start. Back to school (except now its not me its my OWN kid!)…returning to a schedule…finding a rhythm….getting organized…feeling a sense of motivation and turning it into productivity. Does the onset of fall do that to you, too?

I am really, really excited to get this new season started off with a bang, so I really hope you will sign up to receive my posts emailed to you and visit me more often! There is so much I plan to share!

So, here we go:
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A few months ago, at HomeGoods, strolling up and down the aisles like a manic fiend, I stumbled upon the cutest set of notebooks. It was a pack of 2 and I thought it would be perfect to use at my desk to jot notes down or to carry with me with my to-do lists scribbled down.
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Once I got it home, and used it a couple of times, I decided it was too pretty to be shoved in a desk drawer or toted around in my son’s diaper bag for that matter. It was one fancy to-do list, but still it needed to be showcased – a frame, I thought!
black & gold foil polka dot journal turned art - guestroom art - guest room gallery wall - This is our BlissI simply cut the cover off, stuck it behind a white mat and popped it into a black frame. Easy as pie.

It fits perfectly with the color scheme and pattern play I have going on in that room and actually looks like an expensive gold foil print – wrong! It was actually only $2 since the 2-pack of journals was only $3.99. I mean, does HomeGoods even make a profit with those kinds of prices?! I already had the mat and frame from one of my frame thrifting excursions just laying around to be used in another gallery wall. I love it when it all comes together like that!
guestroom revamp - gallery wall - picture ledge - gold foil journal turned art - This is our Bliss guestroom revamp - gallery wall - picture ledge - gold foil journal turned art - reupholstered cane chair - This is our BlissThe gold foil is subtle enough that it doesn’t take over the gallery wall, but its luxe look still pairs well alongside the gold accent table and its slight shimmer gleams against the pale creamy gray walls and the warm wood accents. Plus, my favorite chair + favorite project. ever.

All I can think of lately is what else can I cut apart and frame??!

Just this week, I was at Michaels and stopped dead-in-my-tracks when I saw these glitz & glam notecards on sale for $5. A 60-pack!!
Yes, a 60-pack of gold foil notecards in a boxed set for 5 bucks.
It of course, came home with me.
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I only wish I had a need for an all gold gallery wall. Wouldn’t this arrangement be so fab?!
gold foil greeting cards - turn into wall art - michaels greeting card pack - This is our BlissHow about in a nursery, with white mats and all white frames? Too darling!!

Here are a couple of other examples I framed greeting cards to use as wall art:

framing greeting cards as art - pegboard gallery wall - little boy nursery - LOVE - This is our BlissThis “LOVE LOVE LOVE” art print is actually just a greeting card. Inside of a small silver Ribba frame, it hangs proudly on a hook
on Simon’s Nursery Pegboard Gallery Wall.  I found it along with the one below in a set at Michaels last year.
framing greeting cards as art - baby room shelf - art display - gallery wall - little boy nursery - You are our greatest adventure - This is our BlissThis is a shelf on the back corner wall of his nursery. Again, white Ribba frame, a pair of silver dinosaurs and I’d say it is one nice little #shelfie.

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What about you? What unexpected things have you framed lately? Does this make you think again when you see a cute greeting card or journal?!
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How to Thrift Picture Frames [tips for finding pieces for a Gallery Wall]

First, let me apologize for the, not one, but two random, incomplete posts that were blasted out earlier this week! Minor technical difficulties, my apologies! Now on to a post with some actual content 🙂
How to thrift picture frames & use them in a gallery wall - thrifted finds - tips & tricks - This is our blissToday, I am dropping in to share a few of my personal tips for buying those unique, one-of-a-kind frames to use in gallery walls or in other areas throughout your home. Vintage and second-hand picture frames are everywhere! I mean some of the places I pop into have aisles of them! You might not know exactly what you are looking for and you may not know where and when you will use them. But, when you can score a frame for as little as $.49, I say grab it now and figure out the rest later!

If you like the look of a gallery wall, but are worried that purchasing 4,5,6 or even 20+ frames can be costly, you are right. Store-bought picture frames can range from $10 – 100+ per frame. I highly recommend starting with a few frames from your local Goodwill or thrift stores in your area and then building your wall out from there. An eclectic gallery wall is so simple to achieve using frames of all different shapes, sizes and colors, so a thrifted collection is an ideal way to go. You can also incorporate a few thrifted frames when going for a more streamlined, balanced or monochromatic look. Start looking and you’ll be surprised what you’ll find!

Below, are my tips for thrifting picture frames and the key things I look for to help me spot the true gems (in my book!)

1 | Pairs or multiples

If you find a frame you like and there are more than 1, take them all! Using several of the same frames in a gallery wall give it that put together feel. You can use them next to each other or space them apart. For example, I found this pair of gold frames at Goodwill last year and had been hanging onto them for just the right use. They did not come with mats.
Pair of thrifted gold frames - goodwill frame find - this is our blissThey first appeared with a white mat on the playroom gallery wall.
playroom gallery wall with pair of gold goodwill frames - this is our blissAfter shopping my house for frames for the Guestroom Revamp project I completed for the One Room Challenge, I swiped them off the playroom wall, took the mats out and replaced the kid art with my two 8″x10″ Minted prints [top & bottom]. I then hung one below the other and placed a large, open frame around it. It now acts one, larger piece of art.
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2 | Unique metal detail / hanging mechanisms

I don’t know how else to put it. If the frame has a great little metal hoop or ring attached to it, its coming home with me. You can use the ring to actually hang the frame by or there might be a sawtooth or something else and then the ring can just rest on the wall.

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After removing the glass & art, I included it on another wall in the guestroom and left it as an open frame. If you look to the far left, there is a gold frame with a metal ring hanger as well. I loooove that one and I bought it for $.99.

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3 | Interesting shape

or basically, any shape OTHER than a rectangle! I am quite a sucker for a round frame – I just love them! Breaking up the monotony of rectangular frames on your wall adds visual interest to your space. The eye is drawn to the piece that is slightly different and using a round frame or mirror is a great way to work some depth & dimension to your gallery wall.

Here you can see the 2 round frames on Simon’s pegboard gallery wall in his nursery. They actually started as wooden plate holders (similar to the one above, but without the metal hanger), but after applying several coats of white spray paint and adding some fabric, I added them to the wall along with various other frames & objects.
Nursery pegboard gallery wall - round frames with fabric - thrifted frames - this is our blissBaby Boy Nursery DIY Pegboard Gallery Wall + Navy, green & grayAs rare as it might, I would always say yes to any other shape out there! The gold octagon frame was a thrifted diamond in the rough – I haven’t found any others like it, but you can bet I would be first in line if I happened to come across another one. Like I said, I love to pick up frames that have a unique shape and this one definitely stands out amongst the others on the wall.
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The above shot is our stairway gallery wall. Although it took months to prepare for, the stairway gallery wall was not as big of an undertaking as one might think. I mean, I had frames stacked up and spread out our upstairs loft for quite.some.time. But the act of hanging it – I actually put it up one day while Ted was at work. He came home and said, “Ummm. How did you do that?” I actually don’t know the answer to this question and I am not sure if I could replicate this again. HA! I started at the bottom of the staircase, placed a few larger frames throughout, working my way up, and then started hammering away and filling in the gaps. This is NOT good advice to follow, but that is how I did it! It’s definitely the largest, craziest and most time-consuming gallery wall I have created to-date, but also my favorite.

 4 | Rounded edges

I found a few of these round-edge frames and really love how they are just so subtly different than an ordinary frame. The rounded edge gives the frame a slightly unique look. One might not even notice at first glance, which is what I like about it.
round edge frame - thrifted frames - this is our bliss(Maybe those edges were a trend of the 80’s???)

I painted one of these rounded edge frames white and used it on our stairway gallery wall, so I still have the 2 pictured above to use somewhere else. Again, buy in multiples!

5 | Don’t pay attention to what’s inside the frame

There might not be anything at all! I have scooped up a number of picture frames without glass or any backing. I have also bought frames with not so glamorous art inside. Although there could be an entire blog series written on super cool thriftstore art.

Exhibit A…

thrift store art in gold frameI simply removed the backing, popped out the glass and took out the matted art. I decided to leave it as an open frame again and hung it on the outside of a canvas for a slightly different look. Gotta love that gold + the simple detail on the inner edge of the frame. <3
Guestroom revamp - life doesn't have to be perfect - open gold thrifted frame - This is our BlissKind of like, ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’… don’t judge a frame, but its art!

Tips for thrifting frames has been a topic I have wanted to write about for awhile now. People always ask where I find my frames and how much I spend on some of my gallery walls in total. Well, to be honest, I haven’t ever added up the total cost, but I can tell you I have saved quite a few pennies by hunting for unique frames around town. I plan to do a post somewhat related to gallery walls a couple of times per month, perhaps an occasional #gallerywallwednesday post. I will share some shots of the stairwell and several other gallery walls in our home and you might even see some walls from the past. I tend to switch things up every now & then! However, some of the walls in our home have yet to make their internet debut, so I will get workin’ on that STAT 🙂

Thrifting frames and beginning gallery walls can be quite intimidating, but once you get out there and start searching, it becomes a really fun hunt to see what you can score! It also helps to save some cash and maybe be able to put it towards more expensive frames or pieces of art to include in the gallery wall as well. A mix of art, photographs and other unique objects can result in a totally unique & artsy looking wall.

Have you attempted to put together a gallery wall in your home? Any good tips & tricks? Please share!

 

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Basement Bathroom Mood Board

Hi & happy Monday! It is a beautiful, sunshiny day and I am ready to rock it this week! I’ve got tons of errands to run & projects to finish for the big birthday party this upcoming weekend, along with a slew of basement selections to finalize! Not only is Simon turning 1 on Wednesday, but Henry’s Spring program + last day of 2 year-old Mom’s Day Out is tomorrow. Tear. I can’t even handle it! Lots going on so I will keep today’s post short & sweet.

My basement bathroom mood / design board is finished up and here for you to see what direction I am moving in….

Check it out!

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What do you think? I can’t wait to see this space start to transform! I think tile is going in next week – EEEEK!  You can check out my basement bathroom inspiration post here.

Later this week I will be showing you point-in-time basement project pics, plus another set of inspirational photos & design board for the family room / bar area!
A couple of guestroom projects are going to make an appearance this week, too, so please come back soon so you don’t miss a thing!

Thank you for reading and don’t forget to follow This is our Bliss by email & on social media. Have the best day!

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One Room Challenge [Guestroom Revamp Week #6 – The Reveal]

Spring One Room Challenge Finish line – check, CHECK! It’s time to shine the spotlight on the newest finished space in our home! Welcome back if you’ve been following along as I’ve plowed through the last 6 weeks working on our guestroom for the One Room Challenge with Calling it Home. If you’ve missed out on where we’ve been, have a peek below:
Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5

Creating this space was such a highly charged and inspirational process. The timeline, for starters, seemed quite lofty and the to-do list was miles long, which made for some highs and lows each working day in the room. The encouragement from readers and fellow participants was just what I needed to keep chugging along through those tough moments – so thank you! It was without a doubt, a CHALLENGE. no joke! This project pushed me creatively and it felt really, really good! I experimented with color, while sticking to what I like and know best: black, white and gold. I went a little wild with pattern play, crafted up a few eclectic gallery walls and took several personal design risks. Overall, it was seriously the coolest thing to be a part of! Thank you, Linda for hosting!

I will dish more on the finer details of everything you see today, including a source list & a few DIY tutorials in follow-up posts…

But now, let’s get to these photos, shall we?! Continue reading

DIY Chic Easter Art [gold foil edged bunny]

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I realize Easter is less than 5 days away, but I just had to share my quick DIY Easter art. It is a bit non-traditional in the sense that it isn’t done in pastels or springy colors. Well, there actually isn’t any color. I went with classic me and designed something simple in black, white and gold, very chic, hmm?! The only “pop” is the use of a bold, but small print polka dot and the subtle gold edge. I really love how it turned out!
DIY chic easter bunny art | gold foil easter bunny art | DIY easter decor || This is our BlissHere is what I did:

I started with the printable below. I found it here and then saved it as a jpeg to my computer. Next, I opened the image up and copy and pasted it into a word doc. I stretched out the edges to fill up the page since I knew I wanted to use it in an 8.5″ x 11″ frame.

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I saved the word doc to a flash drive and had 3 copies printed at a FedEx copy store. 1 to use as a stencil, 1 as the actual art print and the 3rd as a back-up in case I messed something up! I think I am investing in a toner printer when our current printer kicks it. I make waaaay too many trips to FedEx :). If you remember back to my first gold foil project, then you’ll note that you must use toner (instead of ink) in order for the foil to transfer to your paper after going through the laminator.

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 I cut along the inside edge of one of the bunny images to use as a stencil and trace on my black and white polka dot scrap book paper.

Bunny printable - trace onto paper - cut out to use as a stencil - Chic Easter art - black white and gold - polka dot gold foil - This is our Bliss I cut it out and set it aside.

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 Then I took another bunny, placed an 8.5″ x 11″ cut piece of gold foil on top of it and then slowly fed it through my laminator. (I am really getting some good use out of this guy!!) After it is completely through the machine, you can peel it off and are left with just the gold edge.

Bunny printable - trace onto paper - cut out to use as a stencil - Chic Easter art - black white and gold - This is our Bliss 4I then took my double-sided tape and ran it across the back of the polka dot bunny and then placed it inside of the gold outline.

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Bunny printable - trace onto paper - cut out to use as a stencil - Chic Easter art - black white and gold - This is our Bliss 6After that, all that was left was to put it in a frame. I also wrote out “Happy Easter” with my gold leaf paint pen and laid a piece of the Martha Stewart Decoupage gold trim in the middle. Both of those items were supplies from my DIY gold acrylic tray.

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My entry way table was instantly styled for Easter with a couple of quick DIY’s using all items I already had on hand! That is definitely the best type of project, for sure.

Always shop your house. Always.

Bunny printable - trace onto paper - cut out to use as a stencil - Chic Easter art - black white and gold - This is our Bliss 9 Bunny printable - trace onto paper - cut out to use as a stencil - Chic Easter art - black white and gold - This is our Bliss 12I just love the subtle gold foil edge mixed with the polka dot print. It might be one of my favorite DIY art pieces to-date!

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If you don’t want to get prints made with toner or you don’t have a laminator, I think you could trace the outline of the bunny with the gold leaf paint pen for a very similar effect. If someone tries this method, please let me know how it turns out!

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I hope to have another post or 2 out before the weekend, but Happy early Easter anyways!

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Looking for Easter Table inspiration – check out my feminine & bold Spring Table!
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