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DIY Wood Frame for a Canvas | Stylish and Bold Modern Playroom | New Year New Room Refresh Challenge Week 3

The playroom has sort of stayed under cover over the last couple of weeks. Would you agree?! I haven’t posted much on social media and I only shared a couple shots of the 90% assembled wall unit last week with a teeny tiny sneak peek of the new rug, light and couch. I know. You want more, right?!! I promise you’ll get to see it ALL next week when I reveal the space!  For week 3, the rest of the New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge participants and I decided to share a DIY decor tutorial of some sort. I’m going to share how I saved some big bucks by creating a DIY Wood Frame for an old canvas piece that we’ve had hanging in the playroom. Continue reading

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DIY Holiday Wreath [Modern Minimalist]

Hey out there! Welcome! Thanks for swinging by today to check out my first holiday project post of the year, but don’t worry. They aren’t going to start flooding in yet. I juuuust shared my Simple Halloween Mantel last week and need to work in some Thanksgiving goodies in between. However, Ariel from PMQ for Two is hosting a fabulous holiday wreath hop today in hope we take a bit of a jumpstart on the holiday season in order to help your creativity and inspiration start flowing!

What do you think?

Are you ready to see 21 spectacular DIY wreaths to get you ready to rock & roll this holiday season?!! Continue reading

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Inspired by DIY | World Market Inspired Pillow

Another knock-out round of Knock it Off DIY is here! Woo hoo! If you haven’t caught any of our sneak peeks yet, then you are in for a treat today. Seriously!

This month’s Knock it Off DIY Challenge is featuring our World Market inspired projects and I am so excited to share mine with you now! Continue reading

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Inspired by DIY | Kate Spade Inspired Vase

Have you ever seen something so amazingly awesome and you know if you buy it, it would look soooo good in your home? It just screams YOU! You just have to have it, until you flip it over to look at the sticker or scroll down and read that number after the $ sign…and well, your dreams have been crushed. Yeah, me too.

This is the case so often with high end designer home decor pieces. I want them so badly, but just can’t justify it sometimes. Ok, a lot of the time. I mean, if it were only my birthday a few more days outside of the entire month of February. Yes, I pretty much celebrate for a month. ok, at least a week! [Yesterday was my birthday, so I’m hoping to get a couple bday related posts out this week!]

When Jess from Domicille 37 invited a group of bloggers to participate in a monthly challenge titled “Knock it Off DIY” – I knew I had to say yes. So, today kicks off the very first challenge and what are we knocking off? Any coveted Kate Spade home decor piece! The stuff could not be any prettier – classy, sassy and usually with a lot of bling. However, these items also come with a pretty price tag…or, not so much. Continue reading

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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.
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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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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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Thanks for stopping by and please do come back again soon!
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Books & BBQ Bday Bash

Books & BBQ | Henry’s 3rd Birthday Bash

Our oldest turned 3 last month and that month, was a crazy month for us! 2 trips (you can read about one of them – our trip to Savannah here), a couple rounds of houseguests & the big birthday! We wanted to have a birthday party with a casual, summer feel, but of course, still kid-like & special for him. He is quite the little bookworm and has been since an itty bitty baby, it seems. Now he’s already reading, writing, spelling and pretty much schooling us whenever we mispronounce something or make a grammatical error. #thatswhatkidsarefor, right? To correct their parents and point out their mistakes?!

I can only imagine how this will go in about 5-10 years 😉

So, I came up with “BOOKS & BBQ” as the party theme and hoped after returning back from Haven just 4 days before the party, I would still be able to host in style without having to run around like a madwoman! I usually end up taking on quite a bit when it comes to little men bday party prepping (see past parties – golf themeABC’s & 123’s & Safari-style Soiree), but this time, I TRIED to scale back. I still ordered the best cookies in town, but decided to have a custom favorite things / stats faux chalkboard made this time. As much as I love to DIY, sometimes you just have to outsource that stuff to make life a little bit easier:) So after asking my mom to pack up some of her décor pieces to bring to town, it was pretty easy to put together from there – Balloons, fresh flowers, red & white gingham…eats, sweets & strawberry margaritas… plus family & friends – how could it go wrong?!

Here is how it all turned out…

Books & Bbq birthday bash - 3 year old summer birthday party - This is our Bliss 2 yards of red “bandana” fabric was strung across the window and rested on a command hook in each corner.Books & BBQ birthday bash - 3rd birthday party - summer party - table set-up 1 - red gingham - This is our Bliss Books & BBQ birthday bash - 3rd birthday party - summer party - table set-up - red gingham - This is our Bliss A red & white checkered tablecloth + red & white food “boats” were used in lieu of appetizer plates.

Books & BBQ birthday bash - 3rd birthday party - summer party - table set-up - red gingham - sunflowers & mason jars - This is our BlissRed & white flowers + loads of sunflowers were added to mason jars and distributed on the tables & sprinkled throughout the house.
Books & BBQ birthday bash - summer birthday party - 3rd birthday party - sunflowers twine mason jars - This is our BlissI simply tied my favorite twine around each mason jar to give it a slightly natural, outdoorsy feel.

The treat table was loaded up with book-shaped cookies, as well as “3”s and circles, that read “Henry’s 3rd Chapter”, “Chapter 3”, “Books & BBQ”, “Henry”, etc…

Books & Bbq birthday bash - 3rd bday party - cookies - this is our bliss Books & BBQ birthday bash - 3rd birthday party - DIY summer party - birthday cookie - This is our BlissA Sweet Touch by Sara T does a fabulous job every time! And they don’t just look cute, they are incredibly tasty, too!

I also served cupcakes because I found the cutest little hamburger & hot dog cupcake picks and then added in my own chalkboard flag picks from Michaels.
Books & BBQ birthday bash - 3rd birthday party - summer party - cupcakes 1 - This is our Bliss Books & BBQ birthday bash - 3rd birthday party - summer party - cupcakes 2 - This is our BlissI couldn’t resist – I thought they were too perfect for a summer BBQ bash.
Books & BBQ birthday bash - 3rd birthday party - summer party - cupcakes - This is our Bliss Books & BBQ birthday bash - 3rd birthday party - summer party - cupcakes 4 - This is our BlissI served them on a cake stand resting on a stack of books – one of which I covered in a red bandana – like how we used to cover our textbooks in grade school. I barely remembered how to do it… if that didn’t make me feel old! I quickly recalled how to make the cut around the spine just in time to fold the top & bottom pieces in 🙂
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and for the birthday boy…
Books & BBQ birthday bash - 3rd birthday party - DIY summer party - This is our BlissTakin’ down some juice like a champ.

AHHH! I can’t believe he’s 3!
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Books & BBQ birthday bash - 3rd birthday party - summer party - best buds - This is our BlissAnd a party without your pals, isn’t a party at all.

Plus, no birthday is complete without a big red “3” and hot dog gummies!
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Books & Bbq birthday bash - 3 year old summer birthday party - make a wish - This is our BlissAnd then he ate cake. Or a cupcake, rather. And maaaaybe 6 cookies HA!

 For gifts, everyone brought their favorite childhood or their child’s current favorite book and he was absolutely beside himself every time he unwrapped another great story! We’ve made some headway, but still have quite a few to get through. His big boy book collection is shaping up nicely.

And although I failed to snap any pictures, I put together a take home bucket for each child filled with an assortment of summer fun goodies – A set of 12 of each item was included – total steal!
71n+34WdcuL__SX522_We had a relaxed, summer party & ended the night here…

Books & BBQ birthday bash - 3rd birthday party - DIY summer party - end of the night - This is our Bliss For gifts, everyone brought their favorite childhood or their child’s current favorite book and he was absolutely beside himself every time he unwrapped another great story! We’ve made some headway, but still have quite a few to get through. His big boy book collection is shaping up nicely.

I’d say it all was a success 🙂
Books & BBQ summer birthday bash - DIY summer birthday party - this is our blissI’m slowly, but surely making my way through all of my drafted posts to get published – wish me luck I can get a couple more cranked out yet this week! Stay tuned…

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you’ll come back for a visit again soon!

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Gallery Wall Wednesday #1 [where it all began – a monochromatic gallery wall]

There is no question that I love a good gallery wall. I’ve created at least one in every room in our home. A well executed gallery wall is like a form of art. A collection of photos, mixed with art (canvases, prints, metal pieces, etc.) and grouped in such a way, can make a BIG statement in a room. You can also go for a more subtle look by creating a small arrangement. The options are endless!

Today,  I am sharing one of my gallery walls with you. It hangs proudly over the couch in our formal living room. I put it together nearly 3 years ago and went for a monochromatic look using all black frames that varied in size and shape. I used color & black and white photos in the arrangement. As often as I like to rearrange and shift things around, for some reason, I haven’t wanted to lay a finger on this wall. It was my very first gallery wall and first collection of family photographs that I knew I wanted to display together.

Maybe it has something to do with when I created it?

It was shortly after our first son, Henry was born, which was just a few months after we moved into this house. I couldn’t wait to start decorating our new home & this wall seemed like a perfect spot to create a gallery wall of special photos – engagement photos, wedding pictures, baby and maternity shots.  With the exception of adding a picture of Simon’s feet and removing one of Henry, the layout and pictures have stayed the same. Plus, it’s my favorite room in the house.  😃 #myhappyplace #gallerywall

Have a look…
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Achieving this look is quite easy – simply collect various frames (and don’t forget to thrift some!) and start laying them out on the floor. If you are like me, you will just bust out a hammer and nails and go to town, but you can defintely take a more strategic approach. There are tons of tutorials out there on how to make paper templates or use painter’s tape to plan out spacing, layout, etc. right on the wall. Go for it though! The nice part is – it doesn’t have to be perfect or even uniform. Make it artsy and make it your own! It will give the walls in your home a one-of-a-kind look.

 How do you feel about gallery wall layouts? Do you like to match your frames for a monochromatic look or switch things up a bit?!

Have a great Wednesday!

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4th of July Ideas

Confession: Since I am not hosting anything this 4th of July (and I feel like I have been flying by the seat of my pants, racing around like a crazy woman lately) I really didn’t decorate or make anything cute & fun to share for the upcoming holiday weekend, but GAAAHHH!! Have you seen all of the 4th of July goodies floating around Pinterest these last few weeks??!!

Here are a few of my faves:

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Kristin Jackson has the cutest ideas for décor all year round, but these 4th of July ideas are spot-on, too!

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Looking for a simple dish? I don’t think it gets any easier than this fruit salad!

Last, but not least…
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A beautiful & patriotic C O C K T A I L !

What are your plans? Do you have any fun ideas for your 4th of July get-together?!

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