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Master Bedroom Refresh Update: Must-have Elements of a Luxurious, Layered Bed

Hello, July and hello, my friends! Now that all of the 4th of July celebrations are officially in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to refocus my energy [or what’s left of it!] back on our master bedroom. You *might* remember when I first introduced this room project with you and shared my Master Bedroom design board… almost…coughs… 2 months ago. Well, I’ve been working behind the scenes to bring my vision to life and so far, I have one section of the room ready to roll…the bed! Continue reading

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Master Bedroom Accent Wall

Hello and welcome! If you are stopping by today from Amber Oliver, I am thrilled to have you! Two things have me uber excited today. 1 – I am sharing our brand new accent wall in the master bedroom [which is truthfully one of the first nearly finished spaces in our new house] and 2 – I’m joining 19 other bloggers this week who are also sharing wall treatment ideas for bonus inspiration! The bedroom wall was honestly finished in the knick of time to be able to participate in this fabulous blog hop hosted by Jenna of Rain on a Tin Roof. She rounded up some of her modern/eclectic friends to be able to show you all there ARE other ways to create an accent wall OTHER than shiplap. There is absolutely nothing wrong with shiplap walls, but they are EV-ER-Y-WHERE right now because of Joanna Gaines’ and “Fixer Upper”.

If shiplap is your jam, then roll with it. But if you are looking for alternative, less farmhouse-y ideas, then we are here for YOU!

My style calls for a wall that’s a bit more bold…with a touch of chic. Continue reading

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Bedroom Style [Acrylic Jewelry Organizers]

Since the start of the year, I’ve been rolling through our house on a mission to purge, declutter and organize! I could show you some not-so-pretty pictures of the massive amounts of things I’ve cleared out and shipped out, but let’s just say I’ve gone through a roll of garbage bags, filled the back-end of my car (stuffed full) at least 5 times, with smaller donation drop-offs almost weekly since January.

I had big plans to put together an organizing series for you after I worked on my bedside table organization project, but I never got that far or was able to document each step along the way. So, I had a different idea. Since I am SO SO happy with how our Master Bedroom refresh turned out, I thought I would hone in on a couple other key spaces in the room, in addition to the nightstands and show you how I’ve stayed organized and kept the areas “styled” so to speak. There is something about being a blogger that calls for function AND the pretty in all that we do! I could go on and on about the staging & styling secrets behind most posts, but I’ll save that for another day. Just trust me when I say the house does not always look so put together!! Continue reading

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You probably know by now that I, A – love gallery walls and B – I’m over the moon happy with our recently refreshed master bedroom! Well, with gray walls, white bedding and dark espresso furniture, the bones of the room are neutral, but I went big this time with bold, black and white graphic print curtains, pattern play on the bed and pops of color – pink, yellow and blue pulled from my inspiration art piece from minted, which is where the pink came from in the first place! 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 4: The Reveal Part I

I truly can’t believe after nearly 4 years, I can finally say our master bedroom is complete! Well, just about (I’ll explain later on). I am so happy to have another room checked off THE LIST! Its decorated and looks and feels so good!! Such a great feeling! I’ve said it before, but I seriously had some major bedroom envy after finishing up the guestroom last spring for the One Room Challenge.

After I finished it, I’m all like and why did I decide to do the GUEST room before OUR room?! 

I still don’t have the answer to that, but I do know our guests have enjoyed their stays in it 😉

This little refresh all began when Stephanie from Casa Watkins rallied the troops and 11 of us joined in on the fun. We were given 3 weeks to transform or at least somewhat transform or “refresh” any space of our choosing. Our master was instantly, like “pick me, pick me!!” It was just the push I needed to get this room movin’ in the right direction. So, a HUGE thank you to Stephanie for allowing me to participate. That little nudge was well worth it!

And now, for our newly refreshed space…

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I am in love with the pillow combination and am enjoying the fresh flowers on the nightstands while they last. You can see my most recently styled bedside table here. I only switched it up a tiny bit from the last styling sesh.
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And you know me. I HAVE to without a doubt have a gallery wall in every. single. room. around here. I had a lot of fun creating one around our TV. Love the view before falling asleep at night and then waking up to it in the morning.
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new year, new room refresh challenge - Master bedroom refresh - gold decor - lamps plus lamp & word art - This is our Bliss - www.thisisourbliss.com new year, new room refresh challenge - Master bedroom refresh - gold decor - pattern play - This is our BlissBelieve it or not, but there is actually a ton more I wasn’t able to share today. There were so many other angles and shots I wanted to take to share, but I am missing a huge component to the new room – the curtains! 2 of the walls in our room are window walls and well, with bare windows and soooo much light flooding in, I just wasn’t able to capture the rest. But don’t fear, my curtains are expected to be in mid-month and you best believe I will have them up the second the delivery man knocks at my door! MUST.HAVE.CURTAINS!

I hope you enjoyed what you saw so far and I will be back with more shots of the room (more wide angle / larger view), window treatment details, a couple tutorials + source list for everything you see!
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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

Before you go too far, you definitely don’t want to miss the rest of these super stylish spaces…all different types of rooms & styles to pull inspiration from and pick up a tip or 2 as some of them revealed last week and are sharing tutorials and how-to projects this week!

 

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New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge | Master Bedroom Week 2: Progress + Tips for pulling together a Gallery Wall

Today is WEEK #2!! This refresh challenge has been, well, just that. A total challenge. I knew I wasn’t going to be making a crazy amount of changes to our bedroom – no painting, no new furniture or furniture projects period – mainly wall decor and sprucing up the bed. But dang! I tell you what…the thought of next week being the reveal has me feeling a bit anxious and slightly behind the eight ball. I’ve got exactly one week to whip this space into shape and although most of the components are here, like physically in my home, there is still pleennnnttty to do. If you can’t find me next weekend, you know where to find me. Annnd I’ll probably have kidnapped another member of my household in the process.

What’s the struggle, you ask. Well, its more like big fat question marks.

I have collected approximately 317 frames. Most of the frames in my “collection” are thrifted finds. You know how I roll when it comes to gallery walls. I adore a good gallery wall, but would seriously go broke if I bought new frames each time I design one in my head and then decide to go to town on the wall. Have you seen my stairwell?!

So, although I am not going to be showing you the finished product yet, I am going to share my tips for pulling together a gallery wall. Next week, you get to see the goods 😉

Sometimes I have no method to my madness and other times, like in this particular case, I have a plan of attack.

ok, so here we go!

1 | Select your inspiration piece.

Not only is my art piece inspiration for my gallery wall, but it was actually what ignited the entire room’s design and color palette. Here it is:
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This print is from Minted and I absolutely adore it. It is the perfect combination of color and texture. I will always decorate with black, white and gold – always, but this piece allows me to pull a couple of other colors into the room as well. I love that its a bright and fun piece, but it still has a few splashes of black and dark gray in the print, too, which you’ll see used throughout the room next week. Like most of minted’s prints, this one comes in 8 different sizes with the option of 15 different frames. I chose to have mine framed in basic black.

For this inspiration piece, you ultimately need to determine what piece is going to make it onto the wall – one way or another. A large family portrait on canvas, a vintage art find, a special gift, a splurge piece – whatever the case may be. Just something you can build off of…a starting point. It’s the non-negotiable piece. Its going up no matter what.

2 | Gather frames.

This is the fun and inexpensive part! If you know me, then you know I seriously hoard collect frames.

Target clearance frame – mine.

Michaels 40% off – in the cart. 

$1.99 at Goodwill – I’ll take 3.

After exercises A, B and C on repeat over time, you can see how my stash would steadily increase. My point is if you do a little hunting around town before you are ready to put up a gallery wall or before you even have the idea, then you allow yourself some time to score a few deals. When the time comes to put the frames up, I like to go to my collection and start pulling a few frames that I might want to use in that particular space. Shopping your house is one of the THEE best things ever! I grab a few colors, sizes and shapes and head into the room to plan the layout – typically, by placing the frames on the floor and then rearranging until I think I have it just right. I have been known to rearrange a few more times once the frames are up on the wall. Shhhh don’t tell! I am definitely not one of those people who write posts on “how to hang a gallery wall like a pro on the first try without extra nail holes”. I mean, who are those people anyways? #notreallife

While gathering your frames, you want to decide on your color scheme. Since I started with my minted art print framed in black, I am choosing to work with black, white and gold frames in my gallery wall which is pretty standard around my home, but holds true in this space as well.

3 | Add a unique shape.

Sometimes I like uniformity and sometimes I don’t. More often than not, I like things to be slightly edgy with a little sass or a wee bit of funk. This could be by simply placing a round frame among all rectangles. This could also mean adding a sunburst mirror, a key or even a number to your wall. It doesn’t have to be anything too extreme, but by adding something that looks a little different than the rest of the frames, creates visual interest on your wall and in your space overall.
Guestroom revamp - gallery wall - picture ledge - minted - This is our BlissHere, I used an open round frame to break up all of the rectangles on the wall in our guestroom. Its not too crazy or dramatic, but it gives it a unique, eclectic look.

4 | Keep it interesting & do something unexpected.

I would’t say adding a picture ledge (like above) within a gallery wall is unexpected, but it does create an interesting focal point. I was able to layer some leaning frames on the ledge and even put a small plant on the end which added another styling accessory…some fresh greens  – something other than a frame.

In other areas of the guestroom, I put a slight twist on your standard wall decor. First, by layering 2 separate metal pieces (the black one and the gold one) on top of each other to create a multi-dimensional over-the-bed decor piece…
bed view - layered metal wall decor - unique wall art - Guestroom revamp - This is our Bliss…and on the other side of the room, opposite of the picture ledge gallery wall, I framed 2 prints and hung them on the wall and then put an open frame around them both. I called it “framing a frame” – so clever, I know!
Guestroom revamp - Minted art - open frame - luggage rack - - dresser - fresh flowers - This is our BlissIt’s a way of taking two smaller pieces and creating one, larger statement piece out of it. This “technique” is applied in the master bedroom gallery wall, too. Sorry, still no sneak peeks!!

Ok, fine. I’ll share this eensie weensie spoiler with you since I shared it on instagram already.
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Some of the best and my most favorite gallery walls are the unique, awe-inspiring ones. The ones that don’t resemble my next door neighbor’s or the go-to, standard layout on pinterest. I like to have fun with the walls and be a little bold. Why not? If you change your mind some day, there’s nothing that a little spackle, sandpaper and paint can’t fix, right?!

Not to drag this post on by adding another list, but I thought it might be helpful to see my original hit list and where I am at this point.

1 | buy curtain rods / hang curtain rods
2 | buy curtains / hang curtains
3 | TV gallery wall
4 | determine over the bed decor
5 | determine left side of the window
6 | determine right side of the window
7 | new bedding
8 | pillow arrangement?
9 | tabletop accessories (dresser x 2 & nightstand x 2)
10| conceal cable box
11 | bench?
12 | additional seating
13 | wall storage / hooks
14 | DIY art
15 | lamp
16 | _____________
17 | _____________
18 | _____________
19 | _____________
20 | _____________

Since there a very few “checks” and even more blanks, I for sure have my work cut out for me. But with a few solid naptime hours and the weekend ahead, this room will be good to go. If not, then you’ll hear about it!

What are your gallery wall hanging tips? Do you like symmetrical layouts? Monochromatic? Eclectic?!

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

Another big, big thank you to our lovely, talented and super hardworking host, Stephanie of Casa Watkins!!

Now, hurry and go see what the others are up to – I know they’ve been working their tails off!

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Last, but not least thanks to all of YOU! I sincerely want to thank everyone who took the time to leave a lovely comment on my in-home photoshoot post. You all sure know how to make a girl blush! You’re too sweet!
Still more coming your way this week right back here! Have an awesome day!
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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

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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

Mixing Metals

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Today has been a GREAT day!  I am still giddy about the temperature reaching 55 degrees.  Henry and I went out this morning to a Preschool tumbling open gym and then ran some errands.  I wanted to be out of the house as long as possible until having to return home for lunch and naptime.  It would have been nice to go for a walk or play at the park, but it was pretty messy out with the melting ice & snow, creating more mud and puddles than I cared to deal with on a Monday morning!  I started sewing the curtains for the nursery this afternoon and completed 1 of the 3 panels.  I should be able to post the curtain tutorial and photographs before the end of the week.  After a quick sewing sesh, I FINALLY hung a great, brushed gold / mercury glass mirror {from HomeGoods} in our master bedroom that has been leaning against the wall for, I don’t know, maybe 6+ months 🙂 Below are a few pics I snapped of the mirror and several other gold, silver, pewter & bronze-colored pieces we have in our room.  I am a big fan of mixing metals when it comes to accessories in a given space, but would say I have been drawn to more gold / brass colored pieces lately. I have a variety of finishes throughout the home and like blending the looks together.I think the new mirror balanced out the window and creates a nice corner space which is where my jewelry armoire sits. I always feel productive after busting out the hammer and nails, even if I only hang something as small as a 4″x6″ picture frame!

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Before

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After – such a difference!  You can see my DIY bench peeking out of the left corner.  I’ll post the tutorial on this at a later date.

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Here is a glimpse of my bedside table: bronze vase, gold mirror, pewter frame and light gold brushed metallic lamp & an assorted metal finishes mirror hanging above our headboard. (All, but the vase, were HomeGoods finds over the last year or so.)

I hope everyone had a happy Monday and wherever you live, I can only pray that you are starting to see signs of Spring like we did here in Chicagoland today.  Stay away, Chiberia. Stay away.

~Rachael