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DIY Fall Pillows [for under $5]

You guys, I made 2 pillows for $5. TOTAL! Have you ever even heard of such a thing?! Nowhere. I repeat – nowhere, can you get a decorative throw pillow for $2.50 or even $5, for that matter unless you are thrifting or at the Dollar Store (but last time I checked, the dollar store doesn’t sell pillows!). So do you want to know how I did it?

Napkins!

Ok, so I popped into HomeGoods one day a couple of weeks ago to do a return. Well, you know I can’t just go through the line with one measly return. I had to grab a cart and power through my favorite aisles. For some reason, I went down the table linens aisle and spotted these sparkly fall plaid napkins. My first thought was…

Ooo! These would be perfect for a fall tablescape!

But my second thought was…these could seriously be the cutest pillows!
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I don’t deck my house out for fall, but I do get the urge to warm things up a bit. I had been wanting to add some autumn-ish pillows to the family room to spice up our new gray couch. (More soon on the couch and our new rug, too!) After peeking at the cloth napkins and noticing “18”x18″” on the tag (and the amazing price of $4.99 for a set of 4), I knew I had to grab them.
fall plaid cloth napkins - HomeGoodsWell, they did sit around for a little while in my pantry, but I finally opened them up to sew a couple together. If you’ve done any sewing before, you can do this. OR if you know someone who sews and you bribe them with a pumpkin spice latte or a bottle of wine, you just might get yourself a couple pillows sewn for you.

I don’t too often, but I’ve done a ton of pillows – for our outdoor patio & the floral print ones in the guestroom. And, you might remember back to last year when I made Simon’s nursery curtains out of bed sheets. Other than that, I don’t bust out the sewing machine much.

Back to the napkins…As far as pillows go over here, I like to switch my covers out and change them around fairly often, so I sewed a zipper in. It makes it easy to take off the pillow to throw in the wash, too!

Here is how mine turned out:
DIY throw pillows with cloth napkins - fall table linens Fall decorating This is our BlissThat’s really all the further I got with step-by-step photos – so sorry! After I sewed them, I put in a 20″x20″ insert I already at home. I like to use inserts that are the exact size of the fabric or napkins (before sewing) or just slightly larger so they are nice & full. I prefer feather or down inserts, but any pillow forms are good!
DIY fall throw pillows with cloth napkins - fall table linens Fall decorating This is our Bliss DIY fall throw pillows with cloth napkins - fall table linens Fall decorating gray couch This is our BlissI have one in our family room on the couch….
DIY fall throw pillows with cloth napkins - fall table linens Fall decorating gray couch stairway galler wall This is our BlissI really love the gold & orange hues on the gray couch…it really warms things up from the usual neutral tones.
DIY fall throw pillows with cloth napkins Fall entryway fall table linens Fall decorating Gold + plaid This is our Bliss…And then, this happened. I just couldn’t help myself.
DIY fall throw pillows with cloth napkins Fall entryway fall table linens Fall decorating This is our BlissSince I was playing around with my fall entryway last week, I decided to try this option out and I absolutely LOVE it!
DIY fall throw pillows with cloth napkins Fall entryway fall table linens Fall decorating This is our BlissLook at the gold stitching glistening in the sunlight! It’s just too perfect in my entryway! After all, I was able to make 2 pillows with 4 napkins for 5 bucks 🙂
DIY fall throw pillows with cloth napkins - fall table linens Fall decorating fall entryway Plaid pillows This is our BlissPlenty of plaid pillows to go around! One may end up in every room perhaps.

I know I didn’t share the steps I took to create this, but there are a TON of pillow sewing tutorials out there – like this one here from Scout & Nimble. Check it out – super easy instructions if you’ve never made a pillow before – a zippered one, at that!

And if you are looking for a non-zipper option, Sarah from Thrifty Décor Chick has an awesome how-to for table linens! She finishes her pillow off with a hand-stitch. Either way is great – your preference!

Are you going to be stalking the table linens aisles now? I’m pretty sure I’m going to peek around at Target for some more today. Especially since I found the prettiest ones there last year that I used on my Thanksgiving table!
DIY cloth napkin pillows adding fall touches fall inspiration fall decor This is our BlissAre you going to try to get your hands on some fall cloth napkins?! What else have you used to make pillow covers with?

Please let me know if you score some goodies anywhere & share your DIY pillow secrets, too!

Have an awesome day and Happy Fall… now that it’s official 😉

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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?
fall entryway - fall vignette at night - This is our BlissFall entryway - fall vignette - metallic artichokes - rustic number 4 -gingham fabric pumpkin - lit up at night - fall decor - This is our BlissYou definitely don’t have to wait until Christmas for pretty glowing lights!! at least around here…
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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Love the look? Shop My Nightstand! [Sources + Free Printable]

Hi, friends! Soooo, what did you think of the Back to Basics series so far? Some pretty great tips, huh?

I’m so excited for next week….1 – because I get to share more goodies with you all and 2 – because I can’t WAIT to see what my co-hosts have to share! I know its going to be good. so good!

I received several emails yesterday asking about the sources for a few of the items seen on my nightstand, so instead of just going back and editing Monday’s post, I thought I would talk more about everything here today. I mean, there’s a good chance more of you are curious, too, right? Continue reading

Think again Thursday #4 [how to layer wall art]

Today, I am here with another  post from none other than – the guestroom. These follow-up posts just don’t quit! Yes, I do realize I finished the Guestroom Revamp Project for the SPRING One Room Challenge, but clearly I haven’t been able to share all of the goodies from inside. I can hardly believe that the Fall ORC is already quickly approaching. It kicks off on October 8th and I still haven’t quite decided which room I’m going to jump in to work on…hopefully I have my decision made in the next couple of weeks 🙂

So, back to this project – I am calling it “layered wall art” because that’s basically what it is! I took 2 separate metal wall décor pieces and stacked one right on top of the other!
layered metal wall art - how to layer wall art - wide shot of bed - Guestroom revamp - pattern play - floral, dalmation, geo, gold - This is our Bliss When working on the layout/design for decorating a wall in our home, I’m usually trying to come up with an idea that is somewhat unique & different. I don’t like to just buy something & throw it up. When I am out hunting and I find something I really like, I try to come up with ways to make it one-of-a-kind. I know…if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, but I consider it simply tweaking or restyling – just like I did here!

So, here we go… well, there aren’t really that many steps to follow so its not like a traditional tutorial, but here is what I did to achieve this layered look.
layered metal wall decor - unique wall art - Guestroom revamp - This is our BlissIf you remember back to week #3 of the challenge, I was hoarding goods left & right to go in the room…most of which happened to be gold. Weird, I know.
layered wall art - gold urchin on top of metal circles piece - unique wall hanging - This is our BlissI scored this metal spike / urchin piece at Homegoods (I call her spikey) and brought it home to add to the pile. So, in typical me fashion, I didn’t know exactly what I was going to do with it, but knew it had to join my stash. I’d figure out the rest later.
layered wall art - gold urchin - gold urchin on top of metal circles piece - unique wall hanging - This is our BlissYou’ve probably seen these everywhere. It seems the most popular of them all is the set of 3 small urchins from Target. I love these, too & they work well sitting out or on the wall because they are relatively small – just a little gold accent. Mine is quite a bit bigger though –  25″ in diameter. I stumbled upon this 11″ one on Amazon, but haven’t seen many as big as the one I have.

Spikey almost ended up on the wall left of the window in an art grouping, but I thought she was too big for that wall especially since the gold framed canvas piece (currently on that wall) is plenty big alone. So, once I determined the grouping for the left window wall, I moved on to the right-side of the window and ended up with the open-framed minted pieces.

Next, I wanted to focus on something for above the bed.

A larger gallery wall of mixed art & photo frames was already in the works on the other side of the room by my reupholstered chair, so a collection of frames was out. Then I thought maybe I could make a BIG statement and wallpaper behind the bed, but since I had a lot going on with the DIY headboard & the pattern play with the pillows, so another strike.

A circle. It needed something round.

The room had a ton of square & rectangular shaped décor & accessories throughout, so I determined, round it was. One day while at Hobby Lobby, I stumbled upon this multi-circle metal wall hanging & figured it was worth a shot. I took it home & held it up over the bed. It just wasn’t quite enough. It needed something more.
layered wall art -1st layer - gold urchin on top of metal circles piece - unique wall hanging - This is our BlissEnter spikey again!

I decided to put it right on top of the multi-circle piece! It would be funky, unique, edgy & black & gold – perfect!
See the nail in the middle? I got so excited I forgot to take a picture before I threw spikey on the wall!
[side note: I did spray paint the multi-circle piece black before hanging. It was actually a mixed metal piece, but thought black would be an excellent contrast with the super light wall color. sorry I don’t have a before pic!]

That is it! I hung one piece up. Played around with where I wanted the 2nd one to rest and then hammered a nail in the wall. Finally, I placed the gold piece on the wall and it was complete!
bed view - layered metal wall decor - unique wall art - Guestroom revamp - This is our BlissI really love how unsymmetrical it is. Working in even numbers is something I have been experimenting with a lot lately. The rule of odd numbers is still a good one to follow, but rules are meant to be broken, right??
Guestroom revamp - pattern play - floral, dalmation, geo, gold - This is our Blisshow to layer wall art - wide shot of bed & window wall - Guestroom revamp - pattern play - floral, dalmation, geo, gold - This is our BlissWhat do you think? Something you would try? I’d love to hear (& see) if you’ve ever done something like this! If you give it a try, please let me know!
Layered wall art - how to layer wall art - wall decor - guestroom revamp - this is our blissPlease come back again! Crankin’ out basement projects over here, so updates are coming soon! Who knows? Maybe there will be more from this room, too 😉

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Welcome to the Jungle DIY bunting - safari jungle birthday party - first birthday party - Pretzel twigs - DIY party decorations - This is our Bliss

Safari-style Soiree source list + 2 FREE party printables!

Throwing a birthday party for your little one this summer?! Simon’s Safari-style party was so fun to put together – a total mix of DIY projects +  purchased décor. Check out the sources below for everything you saw here.
Simon's 1st bday invite -This is our Bliss[DIY invite using picmonkey – tutorial coming soon]
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DIY bunting: chipboard triangles in packs with pre-cut holes (at Michaels), chalkboard letter stickers and my favorite jute twine, mini command hooks
animal print latex balloons
zebra print tissue pom-pom

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DIY Jungle “vines”:  these leaves, hole-punched and strung on jute twine (again!) with knots in between each leaf & hung by same hooks as mentioned above.
Welcome to the Jungle - safari jungle birthday party - first birthday party - party decorations - DIY party decorations - party table set-up This is our BlissThe table: [black & white striped bowl (Ross) held “pretzel twigs” | wooden logs bowl (Ross) held Cheetos as “Tiger Tails” | wooden serving bowl held veggie straws “Jungle vines” | wood server | white ruffle bowl (no longer available Crate & Barrel) held fruit “Monkey munchies” | DIY striped runner (using this fabric) | jungle stems (can also find similar stems at Michaels & Hobby Lobby – I even used these faux exotic stems in my guestroom!) ]

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wood taper candleholders (thrifted)
Welcome to the Jungle - safari jungle birthday party - first birthday party - party decorations - DIY party decorations - jungle vines -This is our Bliss Welcome to the Jungle DIY bunting - safari jungle birthday party - first birthday party - Pretzel twigs - DIY party decorations - This is our BlissDIY framed food labels: placecard holders (clearance item at Michaels – similar here) + gold spray paint
Safari Jungle party food labels printable!
napkins: zebra + leopard

These place card holders were seriously the best find ever. Mine were purchased (set of 6 in blue) for Henry’s 1st birthday party on clearance for a few dollars at Michaels and are unfortunately no longer available. I have used them so many times! They can be painted over and over again to fit your party’s theme. Besides, $9.99 for a dozen in silver is a great buy – mine are plastic!  Welcome to the Jungle DIY bunting - safari jungle birthday party - first birthday party - safari animal cookies - DIY party decorations - This is our Bliss

Cookies: frosted sugar cookies by A Sweet Touch by Sara T.  Animal crackers were also served as “party animals”!
Welcome to the Jungle - safari jungle birthday party - first birthday party - party decorations - DIY party decorations - DIY poster - This is our BlissWelcome to the Jungle - safari jungle birthday party - first birthday party - party decorations - DIY party decorations -monthly photo posters This is our BlissDIY photo art: foamcore board, animal print wrapping paper & 12 month photos printed at Costco.
The zebra print poster was an enlarged 16″x20″ image created in picmonkey, similar to the invite! I hung them with the same twine (that I always use!) and more clear command hooks.
Welcome to the Jungle - safari jungle birthday party - first birthday party - party favors - DIY party decorations - This is our BlissParty favorssmall hanging animals | kraft paper sacksanimal mask | animal stickers animal sunglasses
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 The Watering Hole printable!Welcome to the Jungle - safari jungle birthday party - first birthday party - DIY chipboard crown - DIY party decorations - This is our BlissWelcome to the Jungle - safari jungle birthday party - first birthday party - party decorations - DIY party decorations - DIY I am ONE chipboard crown -This is our BlissDIY Highchair sign: chipboard crown (Michaels) | gold foam stickers (Target $1 spot) | chalk letter stickers | animal print ribbon (michaels) | twine
It was taped underneath his highchair tray to hold it in place.

hand-painted Jungle book themed canvas banner - This is our BlissAnd for the mother of all DIY projects, my dear dad painted this incredible canvas banner for us to hang as party décor, too. I just love it! You can see more of his artwork in his etsy shop. Check it out!
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C A K E  T I M E !
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Embroidered “1” animal print tie with mini crown by the fabulous Embroider Moore!

Welcome to the Jungle - safari jungle birthday party - first birthday party - smash cake - DIY party decorations - This is our BlissWelcome to the Jungle - safari jungle birthday party - first birthday party - birthday boy - tie bib - smash cake -  DIY party decorations - This is our BlissI actually baked his little “smash cake” using this set of mini baking pans, white cake mix & 2 cans of green icing – spread a little frosting between the layers and then went after it with swirls (or whatever you would call my technique 🙂 ) all over – thaaat’s it!
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And there you have it – all of the details for my little blue-eyed babe’s birthday party. I tried to gather everything I bought / previously had / made & include it in this post, but if there is something I missed and you want more information, please leave a comment below!

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Looking for more birthday party inspiration?
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Check out Henry’s golf-themed 1st birthday party post here.
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I really do have fun with these little parties – I just can’t help myself! The next one is coming up in just over a month – eeek!

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Guestroom Revamp | How to Mix Prints | Pattern Play Tips

Love the Look? | Guestroom Revamp Source List

Hello and welcome! I hope you all had a nice Mother’s Day weekend! Mine was lovely! I spent the weekend away with my husband at an out-of-town wedding of a friend of his. On our way home on Sunday, we stopped by his parents’ house to surprise his mom. After a short visit, we headed to our house where my parents and the little guys were there waiting for us! The afternoon was spent playing outside and after a nice dinner and a couple of drinks, we were all off to bed early. My kind of night 🙂

 As promised, I am back today with a full source list from the newly finished guestroom I completed for the One Room Challenge with Calling it Home! I am smitten with how it turned out and have been so unbelievable overwhelmed and humbled by the response – wonderfully sweet comments on the blog and plenty more on social media! You guys are awesome – thank you! I even got the stamp of approval from our first guests. When my mom first walked in she said, “I don’t even want to set my bags down in here!” I took that as a compliment. The challenge conveniently ended just before my parents were due for a visit – perfect timing!

So if you like the look, scroll down and see where I scored all of my finds!

Guestroom revamp - pattern play - floral, dalmation, geo, gold - This is our Bliss

gold urchin [HomeGoods]
black metal circle wall art [Hobby Lobby + black spray paint]
Guestroom revamp - pattern play pillows - floral - dalmation - hexago - This is our Bliss

geometric headboard [DIY tutorial coming soon]
pillows: floral Euro pillow [ insert + DIY cover using this fabric] | Animal print standard sham | gold shimmer ruffle pillow [HomeGoods]
Guestroom revamp - full bed & wall view - This is our Blissbedding: white comforter | gray quilt | teal throw [Threshold from Goodwill]
guestroom revamp - bedside table - trinket dish - fresh flowers - water decanter - This is our Bliss

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bedside items: black frame [HomeGoods] | Decanter & glasses | round gray tray [lid from box set] | black & white mirror [Target – no longer available]
lamp [previously owned + fave gold spray paint | lux candle | white & gold trinket dish [HomeGoods]

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succulent pot & gold clock [HomeGoods]
round boxes
Books: Elements of Style | The Things That Matter – Nate Berkus

Guestroom revamp - gold magazine rack - nightstand drawer pull - This is our Blissteal & gold drawer pull
gold magazine rack [thrifted + fave gold spray paint]
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curtains
art: top | bottom [both 8″x10″]
frames: Gold wall frames [thrifted] | black frame | small standing gold frame [HomeGoods]
luggage rack [thrifted + DIY makeover tutorial]
dresser items: teal vases [HomeGoods] | faux peonies [Michaels] + real hydrangeas | exotic branches [Dollar Tree]
gold drop ring drawer pulls 
small round gold mirror [thrifted]

Guestroom Revamp - dresser details - leaning art - This is our Blisshexagon tray [Target – no longer available]
gold wing trinket dish
"GuestroomHenry Matisse tree art print [IKEA – no longer available]
black & white framed art [Hobby Lobby]
Guestroom revamp - planter - armoire - ombre lamp - This is our Blissplant [Meijer] + plant basket
teal lamp & gold geometric vase [HomeGoods]
cane chair makeover - floral and houndstooth fabric - Guestroom revamp - This is our Bliss

chair [thrifted + reupholstered with this fabric + buttons & seat back in this fabric – see previous chair posts 1 | 2 | 3 ]

Guestroom revamp - gallery wall - picture ledge - minted - This is our Bliss

gold metal side table [HomeGoods]
picture ledge
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personalized heart snapshot art square frame + custom mat
black & gold foil art [DIY tutorial here]

Guestroom revamp - gallery wall - Illinois watercolor - This is our Blisscustom state watercolor [details here]
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canvas [TJ Maxx]
open gold frame [thrifted]
Guestroom Revamp - guest towel hooks - gold pineapple hooks - This is our BlissGold pineapple hooks [Ross Stores]
Guestroom revamp - pineapple art - mini gallery wall - This is our Blisspineapple print | white frame | metallic gold framed canvas [HomeGoods]
all other frames not listed [thrifted]

I did not keep a running tally of the amount I spent on the room, but since I was able to use all of the furniture we previously had with the exception of my reupholstered cane chair and the small gold side table sitting next to it, I really only had to buy decor / accessories. Working with what you already have when it comes to large pieces of furniture is definitely a great way to save some $. Leave it “as is” or update it with a couple coats of paint or new hardware and it will give it a whole new look while still being able to stash some cash.
There were a few DIY pieces included in the room and I plan to get the follow-up tutorial posts out in the next week. Since I was also able to shop my house for several items, too, which is always an added bonus, those items might not be listed. If you have questions about anything you see or don’t see, just leave a comment and I will get back to you as soon as possible!

See how the Guestroom Revamp project transformed throughout the 6 week One Room Challenge here:

Week 1: Inspiration | Week 2: Design Board | Week 3: Progress | Week 4: Cane chair Makeover | Week 5: Progress  | Week 6: The Reveal

Have a great day and I hope to see you back here soon!
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One Room Challenge [Guestroom Revamp Week #3]

Hello out there! Thank you so much for stopping by today! If you are visiting from Calling it Home, then welcome! To my fellow ORC Linking Participants – we are getting there, right?! Oh man – I don’t know about you, but for me it has been a whirlwind! I have spent most of the last week scoping out goodies for the guestroom – art, mirrors, fabric, frames, pillows, bedding, lamps, knobs & pulls. You name it, I shopped for it! The boys were along for the ride during most of the trips, too— scary thought, but we all survived. Even amidst the chaos, I do feel like a scored a few perfect finds for the room.

Target Threshold throw blanket - This is our Bliss Aldi picture frames - This is our Bliss

This Threshold Blanket GW find and an Aldi mirror set debuted on my IG feed earlier in the week. Follow along for more ORC sneak peeks 🙂
I love accessorizing and adding the finishing touches to a space, so this week was a ton of fun for me. I am heading out of town for 5 days soon, so I felt like I needed to GET BUSY & hitting the stores and a few online retailers was the way I went at it.

I mentioned last week that the walls were painted and here is what we went with:
SW Paint selection for Guestroom revamp walls - One Room Challenge - This is our Bliss

It is sort of hard to tell from the image, but the above swatches are all shades of whites. On the wall it appears as a creamy light gray and it is just the look I was going for. Post-paint isn’t as much as a transformation as Simon’s Nursery closet makeover, but it really does make the room look light and fresh.
The room wasn’t the only thing that received a few coats of paint this week….

IMG_9708 lamps before - This is our Bliss IMG_9715The bronze lamp base before…and then after…
freshly painted gold lamp base - This is our BlissSo. much. better.

Here are a few of the glam pieces going in the room – some old & some new. I heart them all.
One Room Challenge - Guestroom Revamp - The golden goodies- gold accesories - gold styling - This is our BlissAside from the painting projects, another big transformation took place. New curtain rods were purchased, hung and dressed with new curtain panels. We raised the rods to the ceiling and oh-my-gosh, it really does make the room look & feel bigger. Not quite sure why in other rooms of the house, we hung some rods just above the trim and others we went all the way to the ceiling with. I am pretty sure I want to raise them in every room now. We obviously weren’t on our game when we were initially finishing the space. We’ll see if that actually happens or if it is just a nice thought 🙂
HomeGoods black satin curtain rod - This is our BlissI found these black satin finish rods at HomeGoods and was thrilled when I first spotted them. I had previously picked out rods that were going to cost $50-$70 each. I found the longer rod at HomeGoods for $19.99 and was bummed when they didn’t have the shorter length I needed for the other window in the room. One of my girlfriends found one a couple of days later and picked it up for me – $16.99 for that one! Saved some serious bucks there. When you are making over an entire room, you truly have to be smart about your budget and save where you can. The rods I have and the ones I was going to purchase are nearly identical. Only you and I know the truth 🙂
Curtains before - Guestroom Revamp - One Room Challenge - This is our Bliss Removing old hardware - Guestroom Revamp - This is our Bliss Curtain & curtain rods after - One Room Challenge - Guestroom Revamp - This is our BlissLet’s see how everything else is coming along, shall we?

Original checklist:
Guestroom Revamp check list - This is our Bliss

And the more recent one (Sorry if it’s confusing I have 2 lists that overlap!)

new bedding
new hardware on bedside tables
new lamps or just new shades
something with the headboard
statement piece above the bed
nightstand styling
change out the bronze hardware
new art / gallery wall
new curtains – lighter in color or a bright print
makeover the mirror
paint dresser
replace hardware
remove hanging clothes rack
replace armoire with something bigger & with a clothing rod inside
insert upholstered chair

new items:

paint
DIY Euro pillows
find side table to go next to chair
buy accessories for the dresser

I probably won’t be done adding things to the list until the end, so please bare with me!
The room is coming together and overall, I am very pleased with the progress. A couple of small changes to the original plan…probably not painting the dresser anymore and the new armoire I picked out wont fit in our space because of the TV that sits on top. The new unit measured nearly 10 inches taller than our current one, so we are going to stick with what we got! On the plus side, I was still able to remove the hanging clothes rack because we are going to be able to put a clothing rod in the piece we have now. So everything will now be hidden behind closed doors – thankfully!
Well, I think that pretty much sums up week 3 and for next week— Paint, shop, sew. Repeat.

 Need to get caught up on my One Room Challenge journey? Check out my previous posts below.
101978205_jpg_rendition_largestWeek #1: Guestroom Before photos + inspiration photos (above via BHG.com)
Guestroom Revamp Design board | One Room Challenge | Spring 2015 | This is our BlissWeek #2: Guestroom Revamp Design Board

Oh and don’t forget to check out the ORC “professionals” here and the ORC “Linking participants” here for everyone’s week 3 treats!

Plenty more coming soon – wish me luck!! Have a great day – the weekend is near!

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Great Find + Quick Fix #2 [DIY hamper]

Hello! Since I have apparently been on a mini blogging hiatus, I am actually sitting here at my computer ready to roll again! I didn’t actually intend to be MIA for so long, but between a wonderful vacation in Cancun, my 30th birthday celebration last weekend and being sick the last few days, it turned into a couple weeks away from you all. My apologies!

Aside from not feeling so great this week, life really has been wonderful and I have been savoring each and every moment. From the beach & sun, on to celebrating with friends & family over my birthday / valentine’s day weekend. Full-on indulgence. I was even surprised with a short weekend getaway to downtown Chicago the night after we flew home from Mexico. Ted came home at lunch from work whisked me away for the night.  I was “told” we were just having dinner and drinks and relaxing away from the kids, but then was pleasantly surprised by our families and a couple friends when we walked into the restaurant. I thought my parents were at my house with the boys, so when I spotted them inside at a table waiting for us to walk-in, the first words out of my mouth were, “Who’s babysitting??!!?” They even had that covered, too 🙂 I was then surprised a second time at the bar after dinner. Such a fun (and late) night, topped off with breakfast and shopped in the city on Saturday afternoon. After heading back to snuggle my babies, we had a nice Valentine’s dinner at home with my parents and in-laws. It was quite the perfect mix of everything I love! I plan to share some highlight photos next week.

Ok, so enough about me and back to one of my latest projects. This project did make a sneak appearance in my linen closet reveal and I received quite a few inquiries about it. “Where did you get the gold laundry hamper?!”  Well, I made it! Sort of. I spotted the round gold metal piece on clearance at Homegoods awhile back and knew it needed to come home with me. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it, but I bought it anyways. I am pretty good at that. The fact along that it was gold was enough for me, but the scalloped edges gave it a delicate, but bold look.

Gold metal frame for DIY laundry hamper - This is our Bliss

It looks as if it originally was meant to be a side table. See the little suction cups for holding the glass?

glass table suction cup on gold metal table frame - this is our bliss

I could have made it into a table of my own, but I didn’t really need one anywhere in our house, so when I started thinking of adding a few gold touches in the linen closet, I thought this could make a perfect hamper for guest towels and sheets. All I would need to do is sew some sort of a bag insert and set it inside. So, off I went to the fabric store and picked up some basic white material. I believe it is a cotton blend of some sort and it was on sale for $2.99/yd. I didn’t follow any sort of pattern when making the cloth insert, so hang with me and try to follow along!

First, I did measurements around the base to see what cuts I needed to make in the fabric in order to sew the bag.

how to make a cloth insert for DIY hamper - This is our Bliss taking measurements - how to make a cloth insert for DIY hamper - This is our Bliss taking measurements - how to make a cloth insert for DIY hamper - This is our Bliss 1 taking measurements - how to make a cloth insert for DIY hamper - This is our Bliss 2

Then, lay out your fabric. For the circular bottom, I used a piece of ribbon and a marker to trace my circle. Since it was approximately 18″ across, I taped the ribbon around the marker and then cut it off at 9″. Next I folded my fabric in half and then I simply placed the end of the ribbon on the crease of the fabric and pressed my finger down firmly on it to hold it in place. I pulled the marker out taught and then traced the semi-circle.

How to make a cloth insert for DIY hamper - circle pattern - This is our Bliss 3

Next I cut around the black line and opened it up so it was a full circle and set it aside.

The second piece of fabric would measure approximately 59.5″ x 25″. I took my circumference of 59″ + .5″ for seam allowance and 19″ height + 3″ for the fold + 1″ seam allowance (.5″ on top and .5″ on the bottom) + 2″ for slack at the bottom of the bag and made the cuts for the rectangle.

Then, I pinned my circle to the bottom edge of my rectangle and sewed around leaving a half inch seam. Then, where the 2 ends of the rectangle met, I pinned and  sewed up the side of the bag leaving a half inch seam again. Next, I folded the top, unfinished edge over 4″ and stuck a few pins in to hold the fold. After that I turned over that same raw edge 1/4″ and then another 1/4″, pinned and sewed all the way around. That part would be the section that pulls over the edge of the metal frame.

fold over edge of DIY hamper insert - This is our Bliss

Finally, I flipped the bag right-side out to place inside the frame.

inside of DIY hamper - This is our BLissHere’s a shot of the raw edge running from top to bottom on the inside of the bag.

DIY laundry hamper - fold edge over frame - This is our Bliss

What do you think? Laundry hampers and linen closets deserve to be glammed up every now and then!

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Here are a few other gold touches in the closet. I just can’t get enough.

Linen closet makeover - gold basket - declutter & organize - This is our BlissIMG_9054That’s all I’ve got for now, but the lineup is lookin’ good, so please stop back for more! I promise I won’t be taking any 2 week breaks again anytime soon, so thanks for sticking around! Goodnight.

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How to: Wrapping Paper Wall

So, this little linen closet makeover turned out to be a perfect opportunity to get creative & make an otherwise super dull & boring hall closet into something pretty. You are probably thinking, why does anyone care what the inside of a closet looks like!? Well, I can tell you, I do. I adore a beautifully decorated space, but to only have to rip out the dreadful, poorly functioning wire shelving & have a blank slate, well, I realized the possibilities were endless.

This closet needed some H-E-L-P.

linen closet beforeThis shot was actually after we had emptied more than half of the towels, blankets & sheets out. I sometimes forget to take a good before 🙂

I originally planned to paint the walls a shade of gray with leftover paint from our master bathroom, which I did, but while I was gathering up my painting supplies, I immediately thought ACCENT WALL! A darker shade, maybe… or should I run out & buy wallpaper?! I had to do something. That’s when I ran into the loft / craft room & breezed past these guys.

wrapping paper supply storage

If you follow me on social media, then you may have already spotted the chosen one. I grabbed a roll of $3 wrapping paper out of my storage bin. It was one I had picked up at Homegoods sometime last year and decided it would look nice with the gray paint color. in the closet. yes, I did this!

Wrapping paper wall covering winner! - DIY wall covering - This is our Bliss

After double-checking my back wall measurements, I decided I had enough paper to cover it since the roll was unopened. I found my can of Aleene’s multi purpose tacky spray (this stuff is great 🙂 ) and went for it.

Aleene's tacky spray adhesive for wrapping paper wall

First, I cut 3 pieces off of the roll. Each cut piece measured 27.75″ and the 3 of them would cover the wall, floor to ceiling.

measurements for DIY wrapping paper wall covering

I grabbed the can of adhesive, got up on the step stool and sprayed a generous coating on the top third of the back wall. Then, I picked up a piece of the cut wrapping paper and lined the top edge of the paper in the crease where the wall meets the ceiling. Once I had it straight at the top and the sides, I smoothed it down and out to cover the wall, working any bubbles out as I went along.