Fall 2016 One Room Challenge [Week 2: Dining Room Lighting]

We celebrated T’s birthday over the weekend on the most beautiful fall day. His parents got to town around 10, so we drank coffee and played with the boys out back, golfed in the afternoon and since we had a sitter at the house, we decided to have dinner out, too! But somehow, an early night in on Saturday still made for a long day of recovering on Sunday! And then Monday came and I knew it was time to get moving on some projects. One in particular, as you might guess…

So, how the dining room is coming along?!

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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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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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Thrifted Find | A Pretty “Welcoming” Pineapple Vase

I’ll be honest. I’m feeling majorly giddy about what I’m sharing with you today for this month’s It’s So Ugly It’s Cool Thrift Challenge hosted by Jess from Domicille 37!

I’m not a pro thrifter by any means, but I do love a good find! Typically, my thrifting routine consists of walking into the store, loading 10 frames into the cart and walking out. Yes, I do love buying thrift store frames for the numerous gallery walls in our home. #itskindamything Continue reading

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My Home Style Christmas Tree Edition | Bold Neutral Glam

When it comes to decorating our home, my style can pretty much be summed up in 3 simple words: bold, neutral and glam. When it comes to trimming the tree, I don’t venture too far outside my comfort zone with the exception of the use of the color red! If you take a look around here during any month besides December, red can only be found in 2 places – the playroom and in my wine glass. no joke. I truly prefer a neutral color pallette with bold, distinctive prints and patterns with a hefty side of glitz and glam. #metallicsaremyjam

Today, I am breaking down the elements of our lovely Living Room tree for the My Home Style Blog Hop Christmas: Tree Edition hosted by Casa Watkins! If you are stopping over from My Life From Home, welcome!! A group of home decor & DIY bloggers have joined forces to celebrate style…style in the home and in the spirit of the season, style found in our Christmas trees!

Now let’s take a peek at this Bold Neutral Glam Christmas Tree, shall we?
my home style christmas tree edition collage - bold neutral glam - thisisourbliss.comHere is how my tree came to life!

Since pattern play is one of my favorite ways to incorporate a variety of prints, I am usually inspired by a fabulous fabric, typically in the form of a pillow, but for the tree I was inspired by both fabric and wrapping paper.

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I’ll admit, I am a bit of a wrapping paper hoarder collector. Those rolls always find a way to jump into my shopping cart year-round, so by the time the holidays are upon us, I have a pretty hefty stash.
easy christmas decor - wrapped coffee table books supplies - This is our BlissI will always love a class black and white stripe and in my opinion, you just can’t go wrong with animal print. The black, white, tan and gold triangle geo print seemed fun and well…bold, neutral and glam, so it came home with me, too. The red plaid paper above was a great find. I had been searching for red plaids that didn’t have any green in them and it was tough! I lucked out with that roll from Michaels!
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Another plaid you’ll see around the house this time of the year are my Amazon plaid napkins which I turned into pillows AND used on my Christmas table! I couldn’t resist after whipping up a couple napkin pillows up for fall.

Now, back to the tree…
My Home Style Christmas tree edition - bold neutral glam - gold sequin tree picks - thisisourbliss.comI have gold everywhere and bits of silver, black, white and red sprinkled throughout. These gold sequin tree pics added the perfect amount of funk and dimension. I used those inspiration papers A LOT.
christmas coffee table - This is our BlissYou’ll find them covering my coffee table books…
12 days of christmas tour of homes - formal living room couch with holiday pillows - christmas decor - This is our Blisson the gallery wall…
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and IN the tree! What can I say? I mean, a girl’s gotta coordinate, right??!
my home style blog hop - christmas tree edition - leopard and stripe bow - thisisourbliss.comI even made a mini bow to go under our silver star. It’s actually the same tree topper we’ve had since our first Christmas tree when we were still dating; I can’t bear to part with it! Since I’ve mixed metals throughout the tree and it IS made of sequins and all, it can stay 😉
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formal living room tree - bold neutral glam - thisisourbliss.comAnd there you have it! Our bold, neutral, glam Christmas tree!
Fullscreen capture 1282015 95911 PMUnfortunately, I don’t have many sources to share today because my ornaments have been collected over the years, but you can scoop up the picks & ribbon at Michaels.
51adl6HmPVL._SL1024_The best part is that they are on sale for 60-70% off every other day or so as a door buster – hurry! Go!

And a quick striped ribbon order can be placed now and here in 2 days – thank you, Amazon Prime!
Merry bright and blissful holiday home 12 days of Christmas Tour of HomesYou can see more of this space and the rest of our Merry, Bright & Blissful Holiday Home here!
family room tree - 12 days of christmas tour of homes - blogger holiday tour - stockings on mantle - stacked stone fireplace - This is our BlissI’ll be sharing the details of our Family Room + 2nd tree next week – please come back again for a visit soon!
12187651_977655568916_4922638287898958501_nAnd in case you are still soaking up all of the terrific tree trimming and styling inspiration, I’ll send you off to the next tree in the hop – This Makes That! And the whole rock-star lineup is below!!

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Tell me about yours! Can you sum it up in 3 words? maybe even 2? Does it reflect the style of your home? I’d love to hear about and SEE your tree!
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Merry, Bright & Blissful Holiday Home | 12 Days of Christmas Home Tour

It’s here! It’s here! No, not Christmas morning, but the day I finally get to share all of the holiday dreamin’ & schemin’ I’ve been up to over here!

When I was invited to participate in the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes hosted by Jenny from Evolution of Style, I was nearly speechless! So after I pinched myself, I said yes and got to work. Well, not at that very second, but it does seem as if the holidays have been on the brain since August 😉

The tour kicked off last Monday, December 1st and the homes have been nothing short of brilliant. Everyone has their own unique style and way of spreading holiday cheer throughout each room in their home – gobs and gobs of inspiration! I love it!

Well, let’s roll, shall we?!
holiday home tour - This is our Bliss front door - front door christmas wreath - This is our BlissWell, don’t just stand there! Come on in!!
Holiday home tour- front door and entryway - sneak peak formal living room - christmas wreath - This is our BlissWelcome!

Our door is one of my true loves. I am just not sure if I could ever leave it. Even without a Christmas wreath on it… If you missed my last post on the front door from the Merry, Bright and Blissful Holiday Home series, you can check it out here. Pleeenty more in the series to come!
12 days of christmas tour of homes - christmas decor- holiday gallery wall - formal living room christmas decor - This is our Blissformal living room christmas decor - gold sequin pillow - This is our BlissOur formal living room always had a little sass, but after all the holiday zhushing, its definitely bold and bright and makes no apology. It remained fairly neutral with pops of red and a sprinkle of gold – glitter, sequins, foil, you name it. It’s here 😉
12 days of christmas tour of homes - formal living room couch with holiday pillows - diy pillow - christmas decor - This is our BlissThe red & gold pillows were DIY and the others were HomeGoods finds. My favorite leopard throw joined in the fun from its previous home in the family room.
formal living room christmas decor - 12 days of christmas tour of homes - blogger holiday tour - This is our Bliss 12 days of christmas tour of homes - formal living room tree - This is our BlissWhen the Christmas tree lights are on, I am a happy girl. If it were up to me, I would leave them on 24/7, but I refrain. The tree was trimmed with ornaments and picks from years’ past, but a few DIY mini wrapped present ornaments were added this year.
DIY wrapped present ornaments - Tree shot - This is our Bliss christmas coffee table - This is our Bliss easy christmas decor - wrapped coffee table books - christmas coffee table styling - This is our BlissWhy not coordinate from head-to-toe?
12 days of christmas tour of homes - formal living room couch with holiday pillows - christmas decor - This is our Bliss formal living room bookcase shelf styling - merry and bright - This is our BlissTwo little ones found their way into frames on the living room bookcase, most of which are gold.
formal living room christmas decor bookcase - bookshelf styling - This is our BlissA few silver trees from the dollar store and several shiny ornaments were scattered throughout the shelves.
formal living room bookcase - shelf styling - christmas shelfie - This is our BLissThe front of the bookcase got a quick facelift. You might remember back to when I gave it its first major / minor makeover by adding the framed art to the front this fall. It really does take all of 30 seconds!
And that reflection. It gets me every single time.
formal living room christmas decor - living room tree - black and white - This is our BlissIMG_2914formal living room chairs - reindeer pillow - pattern play - This is our BlissThere is definitely no shortage of pillows in this room, or in the house for that matter. But how could I help it?
formal living room 12 days of christmas holiday home tour - This is our Bliss - gallery wall12 days of christmas tour of homes - christmas decor- holiday gallery wall - formal living room christmas decor - This is our BlissThe gallery wall was updated for Christmas for under $10 and I’ll be sharing the details with you very soon! I love making quick and easy changes that don’t break the bank!

Making our way to the bar…well, its sort of a make-shift bar, but I’ll take it. The tray holds the necessities and a few miscellaneous accessories.
holiday bar - making spirits bright - barware and bar accessories - bar cart styling - This is our BlissThe accessories are oftentimes just as important as the necessities. Don’t you agree?!
holiday bar tray - barware - bar accessories - bar cart styling - christmas spirits - This is our blissholiday bar tray - barware - bar accessories - bar cart styling - christmas spirits bright - This is our blissCranberries & limes are perfectly positive the best holiday garnishes for a festive cocktail!
holiday bar tray - barware - bar accessories - bar cart styling - holiday bar - christmas spirits - This is our blissOn our way to the family room, we’ll pass the entryway table with a mini peak at the tree…
holiday home tour - entryway table - This is our BlissAnd our remodeled fireplace and mantle! Which, btw, was barely finished with seconds to spare. It looks beautiful now, but this absolutely wasn’t the case a short couple days ago.

family room tree - stockings hung on mantle - stacked stone fireplace - floating mantle - This is our Bliss family room tree - 12 days of christmas tour of homes - blogger holiday tour - stockings on mantle - stacked stone fireplace - This is our Bliss“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care…”
family room couch with holiday pillows - sunburst mirror with wreath - This is our blissAnd the pillows were propped with just as much care.
family room holiday pillows - hot cocoa - family room - This is our Blisssweater holiday pillow - pillow love - holiday decor - This is our Blissfamily room - merry and bright marquee sign - This is our BlissHere is the marquee you saw the boys holding from our family photoshoot. Thankfully the sign made it home safely. We had a few close-calls with him. I think the littlest walked across the front, but didn’t break a single bulb. How?! Why?! #momofboys
christmas table - black white gold red green - holiday tablesetting - This is our bliss holiday table - christmas tablesetting - This is our BlissThe stripes do pop up here and there and everywhere!
christmas table - holiday decor - plaid and stripes and polka dots - This is our Bliss holiday tablesetting - christmas table - trimmings - centerpiece - stripes gold polka dots -This is our BlissAnd a gold foil polka dot tablecloth keeps things light and bright. A couple plaid napkins were thrown in to keep things interesting.
holiday tablesetting - christmas table - trimmings - centerpiece - This is our Bliss holiday tablesetting - christmas table - trimmings - centerpiece - black and white stripes- This is our BlissA super simple centerpiece made up of a few basics – black and gold taper candleholders with white candles, a mercury vase with fresh holly & tree clippings, a couple ornaments and garland woven around with the ends wrapped back together. Voila!
holiday home tour - front door and entryway - front door wreath - This is our Bliss minted photo art - holiday front door and christmas wreath - This is our BlissRight back where we started!
christmas front door - holiday entryway - minted art - front door wreath - This is our BlissAnd one last look at the front room tree…
12 days of christmas blogger tour - forma living room coffee table and tree - This is our BlissAnd a final look at the door as we say goodbye…
Holiday home tour- front door and entryway - sneak peak formal living room - christmas wreath - This is our Blissholiday home tour - snowfall front door - This is our Bliss front door - front door christmas wreath - This is our BlissAnd because its Chicago-land, you are heading out just in time!

Thank you so much for joining me here today!! And please do come back each day this week and into next week to view more Christma-fied rooms & all the details from what you saw today! You won’t want to miss!

We are a little more than halfway through the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes, so be sure to back-track and check out what went on last week and then hang tight for the remainder of the tour, too! Another big thank you to Evolution of Style for a fantastic tour. I am so proud to be a part of it this year!

Also up today is Classic Casual Home and tomorrow is Primitive and Proper‘s tour!

12 days of christmas tour

12.1 | Evolution of Style || Dixie Delights
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
 12.16 | Tour Highlights & Our Link Party with YOU!
Merry bright and blissful holiday home 12 days of Christmas Tour of HomesI hope you’ll come back to see the rest of the Merry, Bright and Blissful Holiday Home series:

Front Door | Home Tour | Living Room & Holiday Bar | Family Room | Christmas Table
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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:
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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!

11 Magnolia Lane
Being Bianca
Heathered Nest
House by Hoff
Southern State of Mind
This is our Bliss

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…
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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.
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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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