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12+ Bold Black & White Rugs for every Room in your Home

There is one question I get asked time and time again. “Where did you get that RUG?!” When people visit our home or when I post a living room pic on instagram, it’s a given. Someone wants to know!

The simple answer has always been HomeGoods! But since they carry limited inventory, it’s rare anyone would be able to head to their local store and actually find it. If you like something when you’re, you buy it. There is just no guarantee it will be there next time! Well, I decided to do a little digging and I have finally, finally sourced it! Continue reading

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New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge | Master Bedroom: The Reveal Part II

If you haven’t heard me say it before, then listen up! These curtains were a GAME CHANGER in our master bedroom!! I revealed Part I of our master bedroom refresh for the New Year, New Room Challenge, and today I’m finally sharing Part II! There is a tiny ounce of me that wishes I wouldn’t have shared anything until the curtains were up – it was THAT much of a transformation, but I was still so excited about where the room had gone. Continue reading

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New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge | Master Bedroom Week 1: Before Pictures + Inspiration Board

Alright, so another bedroom it is!

Our guestroom revamp project last year for the ORC was one of the greatest makeovers – I just fell in love with that room. The only problem was…it wasn’t our room. It was for our guests! I was thrilled to be able to create a nice place for our family and friends to stay, but I was feeling a little left out.
Guestroom revamp - Gallery wall - picture ledge - floating frame - DIY cane chair - Floral pattern - This is our BlissI think its pretty common for us to spruce up the places in our home that people actually see, or design a nursery for our little ones on the way, but typically, our own bedrooms & bathrooms take a backseat.
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We’ll get to it…someday.

Have you been there before? I’m willing to bet yes!

This was totally the case in our house. We moved into our home in 2012 and had the entire house painted. We decorated room-by-room, but never really came back to ours. Sure, I hung a few things on the walls and yes, we had curtains and bedding, but it never felt finished. Fast-forward to last year, we decided the dark toffee color needed to go, so we opted for Sherwin Williams Repose Gray and I’m still 100% in love a year later. It is light, calming and very neutral. I highly recommend!

When it was time to select a room for the New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge, I looked at the list of bedrooms make my decision:

1 – I created the biggest’s room when he was born in 2012. (He’s do for a refresh, but he’s teetering between a big boy room and possibly going to live with the littlest if we decide to have another baby someday. Time will tell 😉 )

2 – The littlest’s nursery was created in 2014 and still feels extremely fresh & new!

3 – The main guestroom was done last spring for the One Room Challenge

4 – Our 2nd guestroom / office / craft room didn’t even make the cut for consideration. It is in the midst of the world’s largest overhaul and I just didn’t have it in me to wrap it up in 3 weeks. uggghhh!

5 – So…. the master bedroom it is! insert happy girl dance here.

The other rooms are in pretty good shape and the basement is being worked on simultaneously, so I was confident the master bedroom was the true winner!

So, over the next 3 weeks you are going to have front row seats to our Master Bedroom Refresh Project for the New Year, New Room Challenge! Let’s take a look at what we’ve been working with off and on for the last couple years and then I’ll share my big plans for the space…

mirror1 mirror2 mirror3 mirror6 mirror7 mirror8These might quite possibly be the worst photos of any room in the house! AHHHH!

Do you want to know the best part?

I used them in one of my first blog posts about mixing metals. Ha! I guess we all have to start somewhere 😉

I’ll let you in on another secret, too, while we’re at it. You might remember when I shared my nightstand styling tips with you all last fall.
how to style a nightstand - 6 elements of well-styled nightstand - bedside table styling tips - This is our BlissWell, that was a fabulous update to the bedside table, but I only styled one side of the bed. The other side (you can guess whose side remained untouched!) and the rest of the room were pretty much what you saw above, with the exception of the new light gray walls.
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So, you see, I really felt the need to create a room that actually matches this lovely spot. Do you agree?!?

Ok, let’s get to the good stuff – the inspiration & design!

New year new room Master Bedroom Refresh Design board - bold neutral glam with a pop of color | This is our Bliss - thisisourbliss.comsunburst mirror | nightstand art | lamps | vase w/ greens | left nightstand | gray euro pillows | black, white & gold geo pillows | right nightstand | curtain panels | pink stool | striped throw | white bedding | large colorful minted print | Vintage “3” | white square frame | “life is meant to be lived” word art | wood framed art

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Ok, so here is a taste of some of the looks & pieces I’ve been inspired by, although I won’t necessarily be using these items in my final room. I’m still sourcing and shopping (in the house, too of course!) so I don’t know exactly what will end up in there and what won’t. I will tell you that I’m stoked about the choices I’ve made so far! I’m sticking with my bold, neutral glam style, but have added a pop of color. I’ve sort of fallen for those splashes of pink! What do you think?

Next Tuesday, you can come by again to see more of where the master bedroom is headed. I’ll be sharing a few of my decor selections and possibly a decor tutorial! Please pop over to take a peek! There will be plenty black, white and gold – I can promise you that.

The greatest part about the New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge?

I’m participating with 10 other fabulous bloggers! Go have a look at what they are up to today with their spaces. I’m sure you’ll find that new year refresh inspiration somewhere along the way for your own hom!

New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge Participants:

Seeking Lavender Lane

A big thank you to our challenge sponsors:

Brand collaboratorsIf you had 3 weeks to dedicate to a space, which room in your house would you choose?

If you missed the rest of the Challenge, get caught up below:

Week 1 | Before Pictures + Inspiration Board
Week 2 | Progress + Gallery Wall Tips
Week 3 | Sneak Peek + gold lamp options
Week 4 | The Reveal Part I

Have a wonderful day! Please come back for a visit soon!
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Love the look?! | Coffee Table Styling Sources

Although it IS national coffee day, the only coffee I’m serving over here is the scoop on my coffee table accessories. Get it? Scoop?! HA! I know…so terrible…Ok, moving on…

I sure do hope you guys enjoyed the Back to Basics series I was fortunate enough to be a part of these past 4 Mondays in September. I learned so much about different styles of blogging and new ideas for types of posts to create. The other awesome part…the tips! These girls brought some serious how-to-DIY-tutorial-basic-business GAME! I too, now have a few new tricks up my sleeve! You aren’t the only ones 😉
How to style a coffee table - sources - coffee table styling - elements of a well-styled coffee table - Back to Basics - This is our BlissSo, to officially wrap up my portion of the series, I am sharing the sources for my coffee table styling accessories you saw here yesterday. So, shop on!

How to style a coffee table - coffee table styling - elements of a well-styled coffee table - Back to Basics 2 - This is our Blisshydrangeas [Costco] | gold faceted terrarium  |  crisp champagne candle |
How to style a coffee table - coffee table styling - elements of a well-styled coffee table - gold detail - coasters - Back to Basics - This is our Blissgold foil paper coasters [Homegoods  | similar] | coaster dish [thrifted] | pillar candle [Homegoods]
How to style a coffee table - coffee table styling - elements of a well-styled coffee table - Back to Basics - This is our Blisspierced metal candle holder [HomeGoods | similar here & here] | gold tray [similar]

How to style a coffee table - coffee table styling - elements of a well-styled coffee table - Living room couch 1 - gold pillows - Back to Basics - This is our Bliss textured vase | books [Tiffany & Co.]
How to style a coffee table - coffee table styling - elements of a well-styled coffee table - coffee table detail - living room chairs - fresh flowers - 1 - Back to Basics - This is our Blisscoffee table [HomeGoods | similar]

Did I miss anything?! I am planning to do a full living room tour sometime in the near future, so I will be able to include more sourcing for this space including the accessories from the recent peek at newly updated bookcase!
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 blissMore fall goodies and yes, basement talk are on the way soon, too!

For more table styling inspiration…
How to style a nightstand - bedside table styling essentials - back to basics - This is our Bliss…take a peek at How to Style a Nightstand!

Thank you, thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll stay awhile and have a look around!
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How to Style a Coffee Table | Back to Basics Week #4

Oh my! These 4 weeks sure did come & go! I can’t believe the month of September was here and then, poof, gone! With 3 of the 5 weekends of the month spent out of town, I literally feel like I blinked and it was over. I’m going to hang on to these last few days for dear life. I am not ready for the cold! Hopefully Chicago can hold out until November!

I am so glad you joined me here today for the very last post of our 4 week Back to Basics series!

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How to Style a Nightstand | Back to Basics Week #1

 Hello! If you are stopping by This is our Bliss today for the first time, welcome! I’m thrilled you are here!

So, I’m still confused as to how September was able to sneak up on us last week, but I am over-the-moon excited about what’s to come! To kick off the start of this new season and back-to-school for all the kiddos, a group of talented, like super-crazy talented, bloggers and I have teamed up to bring you a fun new series – “Back to Basics”!
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Every Monday in the month of September, each of us will be dishing on our favorite tips, tricks & tutorials for all the basics of Home Décor & DIY. We’re going to break it down and show you what we’re workin’ with to help you achieve the look & complete the projects you want the scoop on! Continue reading

All About Haven 2015!

Where do I begin?!!

Seriously, this past weekend’s Haven conference in Atlanta was a truly invigorating & inspirational event – 3 nights & 2 FULL days of straight awesomeness! Long days and late nights, but I am already looking forward to next year… #haven2016 anyone?!

For those of you who aren’t familiar, Haven is an annual design & DIY bloggers conference. I mentioned here that Ted surprised me with a ticket to Haven for my birthday this past February and I couldn’t be more grateful to him for helping me take the plunge. If it weren’t for him, I probably wouldn’t have pulled the trigger on the trip. Not that I didn’t want to go, but I’m pretty sure, at the time, I didn’t think I was “ready” or a good enough blogger to attend. I surely couldn’t have been more wrong.

Thursday evening was the Welcome reception, but just before-hand, the lovely Haven chairs hosted a Newbie party for all of the first-timers. We went through a few icebreakers, exchanged business cards and got to know one another. All over cocktails, of course. I learned I definitely was not the newest blogger there. Many others had also been blogging for a year or slightly more and there were even several people who hadn’t even started their blog yet! A mixed bag, for sure. Here is a shot from the welcome party with a few awesome girls I got to know!

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After the reception, I found myself at dinner with 4 amazing women – all super talented and just as fun & charming as they appear on their blogs. I sort of felt like “pinch me” all weekend! Meeting them all in real life!
IMG_7842Cheers to new friends! 11Magnolia Lane, Dixie Delights & The Pink Clutch

Friday kicked off with a hilarious motivational speaker, Jon Acuff, then off to sessions and sponsor booths before the evening festivities.
Jon AcuffDeb from Seeking Lavender Lane was the cutest & sweetest! We made our way around chatting with sponsors and then got to jump in a fun shoot with 2 of the Haven co-chairs, Chris from Just a Girl Blog & Sarah from Thrifty Décor Chick at the Kirklands booth!
kirklandsPre-dinner selfie stick shenanigans. Making good use out of all that swag we lucky Haven Mavens received from our sponsors!!
selfie stickThanks for capturing this fun moment, Suburban Bitches!
gypsy kitchen dinnerThen we headed out for another fabulous dinner!

Saturday, sadly was the last day, but also the most eye-opening. There were a tremendous amount of takeaways from each session I attended with plenty of notes to still sort through 🙂 but 2 stood out to me and were more than just eye-opening. They really moved me. One was about moving from a Brand to a Business and how to get down to the basics. Identifying who you are and what you are about should really be the basis of your brand. Embracing your unique qualities will set you apart and also allow your true voice to shine through to your readers. Being authentic will keep readers around far longer than pretty pictures. Sitting down to reflect on how I want to represent myself and then owning it is one of the top items on my post-Haven to-do list. The list is long. really long.

At another session, Karianne from Thistlewood Farms, spoke about recognizing your value & worth. Building the confidence to approach a brand for sponsorship and learning to recognize we are valuable resources and can be instrumental in helping them grow their brand.

She was so fantastic!

One final meal with m’girls (Heather – Southern State of Mind, Amanda – Dixie Delights & Paige – The Pink Clutch) a late night dance party and then we were off to Savannah in the morning! [I’ll be recapping our extended vacay sometime next week, so stay tuned!]
bartaco dinner - this is our blissMy sweet & sassy southern gals. #loveyall

Haven was more than just info, fresh ideas and tips & tricks. It was connecting with the most helpful, uplifting & innovative people across the our industry. I clearly didn’t include each & every detail of my experience, but hopefully I was able to summarize my highlights & takeaways with a few pics to go along. I’m going to take what I learned and try to apply it day-by-day without getting overwhelmed. try is the keyword. My hope is that I’m able to slowly start incorporating new ideas into my posts, photography, etc. and that you’ll start to see me and my brand transform into something great. something I can continue to be proud of as I work to make it the best representation of ME!

Mandy from Vintage Revivals sums it up best. Incredible closing speech.
seriously. Just be yourself.I mean it when I say I’m already counting down to next year’s conference. Seriously #alreadycravinanotherhaven
Haven selfieAnd one…the old school way.

*Although I don’t have a picture with them, I was lucky enough to meet Kimm from Reinvented & Jeanie from Create and Babble on Wednesday night as they sort of took me under their wing – inviting me to show up the next morning to help stuff swag bags and then asked to meet for drinks before the welcome party the first night. They told me they remembered how it felt to be new to Haven and while it is an incredible experience, it can be extremely intimidating at first! I owe these girls a huge thank you for making me feel so comfortable before it even began! So thank you!

So now that it is back to real life, things keep on a movin’. Tomorrow, we’ll be celebrating my first-born’s 3rd birthday tomorrow [I can’t believe its been a full year since I wrote that post?!] Our celebrations will pretty much be non-stop for 3 days! Although I’m definitely NOT yet recovered from the trip, here we go! #whatsnew
And I’m dying to get new posts published after I’ve been crafting up fresh ideas in my head, they will all just have to wait. Its party time!!

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

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

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

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

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One Room Challenge [Guestroom Revamp Week #5]

Week 5 already?! So crazy! I think this past week has been (and certainly next week will be) the most difficult part of the One Room Challenge with Calling it Home. In the beginning, it was all sunshine and roses…dreaming up ideas, browsing for inspiration photos, hunting for the perfect finds…. and now, it all has to come together & fast! I can tell you I have a laundry list of items I have to return and another list of things I still need to buy & DO! It was a tough pill to swallow when the pieces I had such high hopes for, just weren’t going to work out. Wrong size, wrong shape, wrong color, too similar or too different to something else that already found a permanent home. Trying not to dwell on the fact that some things just weren’t meant to be. Moving ooooon!

Although certain things didn’t work out, MANY things have and thanks to Ted and my friend, Haley, I’ve really been able to get after it this past week! Not like I am done, just twiddling my thumbs waiting for week 6, but I knocked some big things out with their help. Ted has been hanging things, moving furniture and listening to the recap of my HomeGoods adventures and Haley has been THE BEST – a rockstar actually. She’s allowed me to bounce countless ideas off of her and she’s been able to throw in some killer suggestions for the space, too. We tend to take on the role of each other’s design assistant, when it comes to decorating (or redecorating) our homes – from material & paint selection to furniture placement & musical pillows, but I can’t thank her enough for the amount of help she has given me in just this ONE room! I owe her a glass of wine or a few bottles 🙂

Now to get caught up on this past week:

installed new hardware on the dresser (well, 10 /12 are done…I had to order another set)
hung a floating ledge near the new chair
gilded mirror for over the dresser
found new lampshades (after the IKEA ones didn’t work! – sorry no photos yet)
& ALOT of wall design planning

These walls are going to be the end of me. seriously. I think I am losing sleep over these bare bad boys. I have been struggling between going simple or all out funky. Trying to find a happy medium as we speak 🙂

Here’s a visual of what’s been going down in here:

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My pack of 10 wasn’t enough…I had these pulls on hand from another project that didn’t make it to the finish line. I ordered another set and will throw them on as fast as I can. You will see the finished dresser next week 🙂


late night power toolin’

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Plenty of pretty pieces to layer on the floating ledge…I just need to decide which ones!

Another look at before:


brown, brown and more brown. I knew I needed to add some color to the space, but touches of gold are being added throughout as well. Like I shared in week 3 of the ORC and a quick fix below…

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I like the mirror itself, unique lines and the round shape is good, but it was a little too bronze for the look I was going for. I applied some of my gold Rub ‘n Buff to lighten it up a bit.

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This will get hung back in its place this weekend!

I mentioned my night terrors about the wall art….I have had a mess of frames and art on the floor for a week or 2. I lay a few things out, then a few more, then put it all back up against the wall and start over.

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I will hopefully have a nice gallery wall tutorial after the challenge is over. We will see.

Oh and I hung these cuties up!

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The perfect nook behind the door for guests to hang their towels. Pineapples + gold = happy little place in the room.

Sooooo much to reveal next week. I promise there is color, like I mentioned there would be from the start. It is going to be fresh and lively and hopefully a lovely place for our guests to stay.

Here is where we stand with only 1 week left:

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new lamps or just new shades
something with the headboard
statement piece above the bed
nightstand styling
new art / gallery wall
new curtains – lighter in color or a bright print
makeover the mirror
insert upholstered chair

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

A few more check marks and I’ll be there! Countdown is on for next week’s reveal – whew…ok…ready or not!

Miss any past ORC Guestroom Revamp posts?

week 1 | week 2 | week 3 | week 4

I think it is safe to say that after next Thursday, I am taking a BREAK! Although Simon turns 1 next month and our basement is under construction, so it won’t exactly be a break, but it will be nice to have new and exciting things to work on! That and finally be able to be outside. Spring in Chicagoland is really starting to shape up nicely. We went to the park this morning and Henry just couldn’t get enough! It is so fun to watch him play at this age. It was, however, a slightly different park experience than last summer, given that Simon didn’t want to just snooze in his stroller the entire playdate, but we managed just fine. It was great to see and catch up with all of the other mom’s in the group I am in, too.  It was pretty apparent we are no longer suffering from cabin fever. Being out and about like a normal person is such a good feeling 🙂

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One Room Challenge [Guestroom Revamp Week #4]

I guess it is that time again! Thursday is here which means it is week 4 over at Calling it Home‘s One Room Challenge for the Linking Participants.


If you are just visiting today for the first time and need to get-in-the-know about what has been going on, you can do it here [week 1, week 2, week 3]! Also, welcome! I mentioned before how it has been a little cray cray over here ever since I made the commitment to have this guestroom finished in 6 weeks, but in a good way! It has really been a fun challenge for me personally to learn how to manage my time, prioritize and bargain shop. There are quite a few things needed to fill a space, so I have been trying to watch the dreaded b-word (you know, budget) so it doesn’t get out of hand. It is easy to create a design board and forget there are limitations in the cashflow HA!

Last week, I shared photos of a few purchases as well as some things I drowned in gold spray paint. Well, add in seeeeveral more shopping hauls and a few stacks of cardboard boxes on the doorstep and I would say we are really getting somewhere now. Instead of sharing more piles of my finds, I thought I would give you a glimpse of my latest treasure…finally done!!!

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floral and houndstooth cane chair makeover - HGTV fabric - This is our Bliss - before and after

I reupholstered the chair in an upholstery class that I took. The chair did take me quite awhile given that I only devoted a couple of hours per week and I was at the mercy of the instructor. When she was with other students, I had to patiently wait for my next set of directions. There was a lot of downtime, but it was really a great experience. I will definitely be sharing more on the chair and more of the in-between photos in the next couple of weeks. This room is all happened because of that little find 🙂

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You can learn more about this little chair’s journey here and here.

And that is what I’ve got for today! I was visiting my parents for 5 days last week, so I didn’t have much time to photograph actual progress in the room. Don’t worry, I promise to have plenty to share next week and then week 6 will be LOADED with pictures in the reveal post. Like, a ton.

You can see the entire transformation below:
Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Sources

*Update: Here is the after of the chair in the finished space.
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Have a great day!!

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