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My Dollar Store DIY | Colorful Pom-Pom Napkin Rings

Hey, hey! The last Thursday of the month is here which means it’s time for another My Dollar Store DIY post! Summer doesn’t officially arrive until later in June, but isn’t Memorial Day weekend the unofficial welcoming of summer after all?! Well I know Summer has been on the brain for awhile around here since school is out this week! Today, we are sharing our “All Things Summer” ideas in hopes to inspire you to make and decorate using supplies from your local dollar store. Continue reading

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DIY Splatter Paint Bunny Garland on My Chic & Simple Easter Mantel

My sparks of creativity come and go. There is not a constant flame of creative awesomeness burning, so when an idea pops into my head, I have to act on it QUICKLY or I might lose the spark. Correction, I will lose the spark! It’s not often that my schedule allows me to drop everything and bust out my DIY supplies to turn an idea into reality, but this weekend, I was able to do just that and the boys were more than game to help! Continue reading

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Thrifted Finds | Getting “Summer Ready”

You know when you see something and you get this overwhelming feeling like… I just HAVE to have that! Well, I’ve been on a mission lately to do some last minute summer sprucing around the house before we move, but buying new decor for this house just wasn’t in the budget and didn’t really make much sense.

What if it wouldn’t work in the new house? What if it was an impulse buy and I didn’t truly love it?

You know what my answer was?… Just THRIFT it.

Today, I’ll be sharing, not ONE, but TWO madeover thrifted finds for this month’s “It’s So Ugly It’s Cool” Challenge. I’m going to show you how I scooped up my thrifted pieces, worked a little DIY magic and transformed my thrifted finds into beautiful, functional pieces at an affordable price just in time to style our home for summer! Continue reading

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Create & Share Challenge | DIY Color Block Lamp

Hello! And welcome to the Create & Share LAMP-alooza! I am so excited to be joining forces with a group of bloggers to bring you a total of 11 fabulous DIY lighting projects this month! Whether you’re looking to repurpose something INTO a lamp, makeover a thrifted one or simply recover that old-lamp-sitting-in-your-guestroom’s-shade – we are here to help you channel your inner DIY boss and be inspired to create!

Although this is my first time participating, typically the Create & Share Challenges feature a specific product for the month and each blogger has to come up with their own way to create something from that one item. The goal being that everyone will put their own spin on their project and no 2 pieces will come out looking the same! Well, with the amount of talent in the group, there’s no denying the projects are off the charts on the creativity scale. Inspiration for daaaays. Continue reading

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Inspired by DIY | Anthropologie Inspired Frame

Another Inspired by DIY is HERE!
This month 6 of us selected an item from Anthropologie that inspired us to create a similar item of our own! If you’ve ever browsed Anthro’s website or milled around in the store, you know that it is filled with some of the most gorgeous home decor pieces…aaaaannnd most of them are pretty pricey. There are a few Anthropologie items that I love, like their capri blue candle—I always keep a couple on hand AND they have some of the best selection of hardware around, none of which I have pooled up enough cash money to purchase, though!
But nonetheless, their merchandise is incredibly unique and simply beautiful. When I laid eyes on Anthropologie’s Butterfly Joint Frame, I knew I wanted to tackle it on my own! It sort of reminded me of a Kate Spade piece, which was our very first Inspired by DIY theme. [Check out my KS inspired vase here!]

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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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How to Update your Gallery Wall on a Budget

Gallery walls are one of my absolute favorite things to create in a space. I have one in every single one of the rooms in our home. I love mixing frames of all shapes and sizes and typically, go with a mix of black, white and gold frames or all black as seen below. As the holidays were approaching, I decided my monochromatic gallery wall needed an update. A budget-friendly update that would add a pop of color seemed the way to go! Continue reading

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Year in Review: Top 15 Posts of 2015

Well, hi there! I can’t even BEGIN to tell you how good it feels to be back! I’ve tried to stay fairly active on FB & Insta, but I’ve missed actually blogging. There is something about sitting down at the computer and creating a post to share with the world!

Speaking of blogging,  let’s just say I have waaaay too many ideas brewing, projects slated and drafted blog posts to share with you all this year, I can barely keep from bubbling over with excitement! Before I dive headfirst into 2016, I thought I would spend a little time strolling down memory lane by sharing the top 15 posts of 2015. A glance back at last year at This is our Bliss.
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Buckle up and let’s get this 2015 party started (or is it already over?)! Either way, let’s celebrate a little and take a look back in case you missed any of my most viewed posts! Some are old, some are new, some are your faves and some are mine!
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To top off the list, its no surprise that Simon’s Nursery is still number one even though I designed his room and published his room reveal in 2014. Pinterest is the #1 traffic generator to my blog and pinners have gone nuts for this little guy’s bright and bold space! Hoping that some of the posts I actually published in 2015 pick-up and have some staying power like this!
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A few of these favorites are nursery related and the closet is no exception. After the Nursery Reveal post grew a following, I decided to dish on some of the details of how we created different aspects of the room. This popular post focuses on how we created the closet – the shelves we built, the rods we installed and the organizer we customized. I have actually seen a pretty amazing replica of his closet and I was extremely impressed. I’ll have to try to find it so I can share!
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I created this series to showcase our house all decked and ready for Christmas. This particular popular post was the one where I participated in the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes. It was an incredible experience as it was my first home tour of any sort and the bloggers involved have been some of my idols for years! Being invited to join was definitely a pinch me moment of the year.
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This, too, is another 2014 project, but I added a 4th post to the Playroom Reading Nook series this year, which drummed up some activity on the other related posts. Gotta love a few $4 IKEA spice racks to keep the blog chugging along!
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You guys are so into this nursery! Another popular post was when I broke down the details of the pegboard gallery wall that hangs over the dresser / changing area in Simon’s nursery. You can read up on how to create your own above! I have been contemplating putting another one of these up somewhere…basement play area? craft room office space? You’ll have to wait and see what I decide!
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Yay! I was thrilled that my holiday home series received so many views and so much comment love! I worked really hard to deck the house out this past holiday season and I feel like it paid off! I’ve already been scheming on Christmas 2016’s decor. #toosoon?!
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If you’ve been reading long or are an instagram follower, then you are familiar with my #blackwhiteandgoldalways hashtag motto. My nightstand totally reflects me, so sharing how I styled it for an awesome series I was lucky enough to be a part of this past September was a blast! Swing over thatta way if you want to learn my take on the 6 elements of a well-style nightstand. Bedside tables deserve some love too!
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More Christmas! Yes! I shared our Living Room Christmas tree for the My Home Style Christmas Tree Edition during this past holiday season with 20+ other bloggers! It was incredibly inspiring to see everyone’s trees trimmed and decked to the nines and to hear the stories behind them.
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The second part of the nursery closet, I shared the details on all of the storage and organization – where to buy it, how the closet functions, etc. After so many comments and emails with questions, etc., I thought it only made sense to create a 2-part mini series on how this bright and bold lime green closet came to be!
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This particular post signifies one of the most exhausting, exhilarating and rewarding experiences of my short little blogging career. I took the plunge last spring and participated in the One Room Challenge where I revamped our current guestroom, where I whipped that baby into shape in just 6 weeks! with a status report posted weekly! The comaraderie and super motivating support system I was a part of was incredible. The pressure was ON and if I ever felt like I wasn’t going to finish, or the room was going to be good enough or whatever! Someone was right there to pick me up and let me know I wasn’t alone! Late nights, lots of coffee and social media support got me through this one! Oh and my husband and my gf! I am instantly in a happy place when I walk into the room to prep and get ready for guests.
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Another post in the Back to Basics series. After several requests for more styling posts after the nightstand one, I decided to go this route. More styling tips in other spaces to come this year, too.
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My littlest (yes, the infamous, Simon!) turned one this past May and I shared the scoop from his 1st birthday party in this post – my favorite part were the shiny gold jungle animals! I love coming up with different birthday party themes each May and July for my little guys.
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This was the final (hopefully!) installment of the Reading Nook series and was actually my top Instagram post of the year. That light, I tell ya, really pulled the space together and finished it off just how I had envisioned a year before. Whoops. Its not a Rachael project unless it takes a year or more to complete! So happy with how it turned out and the boys love it, too!
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Our linen closet got a facelift this year and since gold is my jam, a gold laundry basket was created and placed inside. Read more to see how I made it!
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Is your basement done yet?

Well, yes, it is. I just decided it would be more fun to hold out on you guys awhile longer. The basement has really taken shape this fall and I will absolutely, 100% be sharing more of the finished space very, very soon. You believe me right?! 😉

There you go! My top 15 of ’15!
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Which one was your favorite? What do you want to see more of in 2016?

Please share! I’m dying to know!  Thanks for being here today to reminisce and I hope you’ll come back again this week to see what is coming your way in the month of January and beyond in 2016!

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