$100 Room Challenge | Pretty in Pink Powder Room Refresh Mood/Inspiration Board

Powder Room Refresh: The Before + Inspiration | $100 Room Challenge Week 1

Yes, you read that correctly. I’m sure you’re like, “she’s starting ANOTHER room?! Yes, it’s true. Ever since moving into our new home last summer, my head has been spinning with ideas for ways to transform each room in the house and truly make it feel like ours. My house project to-do list only gets longer by the day and I do tend to start and stop a lot, however, I have managed to check several rooms off the list. I’ll share more on those spaces later. But today, I am introducing you to a space that has needed some love since the day we stepped foot in the door last June. I simply couldn’t fight the urge to makeover our main floor Powder Room any longer and when I heard about the $100 Room Challenge, I knew it was the PERFECT time to jump in! Continue reading

Outdoor Summer Style | Backyard Deck Inspiration

*This post was in collaboration with Cost Plus World Market, however all thoughts, opinions and outright swooning are my own! This is our Bliss is a proud member of the Cost Plus World Market Blogger Trendsetter Tribe.

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial nod to the start of Summer and if you are anything like us, we like to be OUTSIDE as soon as the Midwest weather starts cooperating! Having a comfortable and stylish outdoor space is important since it truly is an extension of our home in the warmer months. I started sprucing up our deck when I was at my local Cost Plus World Market store hosting an in-store DIY demo and fell head-over-heels in love with this outdoor pillow! I’m telling you, inspiration can strike at any time! You may remember it from when I shared it in my Fab Friday Finds Summer Stylin’ post! Continue reading

The beginning stages of a Chic Modern Eclectic Master Bedroom Retreat | This is our Bliss | www.thisisourbliss.com

Chic Modern Eclectic Master Bedroom | Before Photos & Mood Board

It’s sort of funny to me that I’m gearing up to begin introducing a few big room projects to you guys, just as the Spring 2017 One Room Challenge is wrapping up! But hey… I wasn’t prepared to begin overhauling a space when the challenge began at the beginning of April, so we’ll just roll on with these spaces now! Heck. Maybe I’ll even try to work the same 6 week timeline. There’s nothing like a deadline to put me into a full-blown crazy-girl-mode, but on the other hand, that crazy girl actually gets stuff DONE! Continue reading

Stylish and Bold Modern Playroom Design Board | Functional Storage and seating for the Playroom | This is our Bliss

Stylish and Bold Modern Playroom | New Year New Room Refresh Challenge Week 1

It’s not easy to literally start over in January when the calendar flips to the new year. It is easy, however to make tweaks and changes to things you already do, schedules and systems you have in place or the semi-executed plans for that one room in your house. You know we all have them! That room, that cupboard, that stack of paper or that linen closet that all sort of operate, but not reaaaaally. Those spaces could all be better-functioning, more organized and certainly more pleasing to the eye! When the planning began for this year’s New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge, I originally wanted to tackle our main floor powder room. It is in DIRE need of a makeover, but when I got to thinking about a practical space to not just make “look” good, but one that really needed an overhaul, I landed on another option — the playroom!

New Year New Room Refresh Challenge 2017 Participants | This is our Bliss

The New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge is hosted by Stephanie of Casa Watkins Living and is made up of a group of 13 bloggers who are going to rally together to spruce up a room in our home over the course of the month of January. Yes, it’s like a mini One Room Challenge! However we’re not gutting any spaces or pouring the blood, sweat and tears into our spaces like we do for the ORC, well, I mean maybe a tiny bit will be shed, but for the most-part, it’s simply updating. Giving our spaces the much-needed facelift that it deserves for the new year! After all, its refreshing to check a project off the list right away in January, right?!  We’ll be sharing our progress and updates on our blogs each Tuesday this month so be sure to keep up with how our spaces transform!

Today I’m going to share the before photos of the playroom, my inspiration / design board for the space and tell you a little bit about what my plans are to make this a more stylish and sophisticated space. Not to mention, much for functional and organized, too! With 2.5 and 4.5 year old boys running wild in this house, it’s nice to have a spot to corral all their things as well as allow for T and I to hang out in there with them as well!

Here is what we’re currently working with:

playroom-before-pictures-this-is-our-bliss playroom-before-photo-this-is-our-bliss playroom-before-we-organized-it-this-is-our-bliss playroom-before-picture-new-year-new-room-refresh-this-is-our-bliss

I’m telling you…it’s a HOT MESS in there! The good and the bad about this space is that it has double doors. It’s great because the doors help keep noise IN and when people are coming over, all I have to do is close the doors and poof! The mess is bye-bye. The doors, have allowed me to sort of ignore the room and not keep it organized. Notice I didn’t say clean or picked up, I said organized. We do have the boys pick up their toys when they are finished playing in here, but if there isn’t a designated spot to put each thing, it becomes difficult to teach how everything has a home and we have to put everything back where it belongs! Anyone else struggle with this notion?! I strongly, strongly believe that if you have an organized space with a “home” for everything, it becomes a much easier task to tidy up. Labels help a ton and cute storage containers don’t hurt either 😉

To see how we kept the littlest’s closet organized, check out the post I wrote on closet organization bins and labels that helped keep this nook looking in tip top shape day-in and day-out. Seriously!

Ok, back to the playroom. One component, other than a half-organized wall unit [yes, with some labels — see when I made them in our last playroom here], that I wanted to address was the lack of adult seating or a spot to sit period. We have 2 large clunky pieces of furniture along with the bench from the old reading nook, a train table, misshapen beanbag chair and a couple of floor bins for toys, but the space isn’t utilized well. In fact, I want to utilize more wall space and less floor space so that we can add some seating…for the kids, for us or for other moms to use during playdates. Yeah, to be able to sip our coffee and chat while the littles play!

Want to see what I have in mind?

Stylish and Bold Modern Playroom Design Board | Functional Storage and seating for the Playroom | This is our Bliss

[check back soon for clickable links for all the sources seen above!]

couch | rug | curtains | bamboo shades | storage bin | large art print | be bold art | animal art | ceiling light fixture | acrylic bookshelves | side table | green pillow | gold pillow | “high five” pillow | striped pillow | nesting tables


clean out toys to toss or donate [broken, missing pieces, no longer interested, outgrown, unused, etc.]
remove furniture [will probably have a use for them in the basement]
get new window coverings
lengthen existing curtain panels
buy storage unit
attach unit to wall to create “built-in” storage system
get rug
get couch
decide on coffee table / play table
order light and find lamps
replace ceiling fixture [quickly!!]
purchase bookshelves
find new storage bins
come up with new labels
find art
determine other organizational /toy storage pieces for the walls
styling accessories
feature wall / accent wall?
DIY art
Misc. DIY projects:

We painted the room after we moved in last summer so the wall color is staying, but I would like to do some sort of an accent wall or ceiling feature like I did in the dining room. I haven’t fully determined this piece yet, but I’ve got some ideas brewing!

So, what do you think? Can I pull this off in 4 weeks?!

Now that the boys are back to school this week and I can hopefully make some headway on the space so I have an update for you next Tuesday! Wish me luck! Be sure to head over to the other participant’s sites to see what spaces they’ll be tackling for the challenge!

 New Year New Room Refresh Challenge 2017 Participants | This is our Bliss
Casa Watkins Living // A Designer At Home // Bigger Than The Three Of Us // Domicile 37 // Fresh Crush // Iris Nacole // Monica Wants It // Pocketful of Posies // Seeking Lavender Lane // Sharon Joyce Interiors // This Is Our Bliss // Up To Date Interiors // Vintage Romance Style

Thanks for hanging out here with me today! See you back soon!

What space in your home are you planning to refresh or tackle this year?

This is our Bliss - signature

Curious Little Gentleman Big Boy Room Design Board | This is our Bliss | www.thisisourbliss.com

Big Boy Room Mood Board [Curious Little Gentleman]

Kid rooms are my one of my favorite types of spaces to work on. Anything goes! Color, texture, pattern…cutesy, quirky, crazy – you name it! Long before we moved into our new house in June, I knew the biggest’s room was going to be next in line for some sprucing. I hadn’t laid a finger on his nursery since I first created it for him in 2012, the year he was born. Not a finger. Nope, not one. Not a new picture frame, throw pillow, not even one new thing entered through that door. It was the only room in the old house that remained completely untouched in the 4 years we lived there. Not only was changing up the decor a bit overdue, but so was getting him out of his crib / toddler bed. He’s a pretty tall little boy and he had to literally start tucking his legs up to sleep comfortably in his bed. I know, bad mom, but we didn’t want to buy a bed until we moved in. We wanted to be sure space allowed for the right-sized bed. In other words, we didn’t want to splurge on a California king if only a twin would fit. Not that we were ever planning to buy a bed that big, but you catch my drift! Continue reading

Basement Bar Mood Board [Rustic Industrial Glam]

The basement is moving right along, quite quickly, I might add. Almost too fast for me! I feel like this project is a crazy, twisted 4 room challenge, but in the same timeframe as I completed the ONE room challenge! There aren’t really 4 rooms, per se, but I consider there to be several (or 4) division of spaces…the family / TV room, bar area, kid play area and the bathroom. It will be interesting to see how difficult it is to keep the feel cohesive, given that it kind of is one open space.

Today, I am sharing a mood board I designed for the bar area. It is really just an extension off of the back of the couch / seating area in what we are calling the family room. Since we have a walk-out basement, we tiled the entryway to the backyard and this is where our “bar” will be.  We just finished up with the final approvals for the custom cabinetry and will be selecting our granite slab next week. Yes, granite! We have laminate countertops in our kitchen, so I am thrilled to have this new look downstairs!

Take a peek at the look I am going to try to achieve. I am hoping this so-called Rustic Industrial Glam look will be easy to pull off because I have been eyeing some really great décor finds this past week. #letthefunbegin

stacked stone || granite || gray porcelain tile || wine lattice || glass shelves || gold ampersand || marquee arrow || “let’s pop bottles” print || pendant light || wood butler’s tray || bar glasses || gold polka dot cocktail glass || gold double old-fashioned glasses || artificial grass || ice bucket

We have already purchased very similar stacked stone to use up the wall at the back of a small nook in this bar space and I am currently hunting for glass shelves to hang on the stone wall. To be honest, I actually think I am most excited about all of the little gems I have been collecting to accessorize the shelves I don’t even own yet! pretty standard for me, though. I just can’t pass up a good find…especially with all of the amazing shelves and bookcases I have been going ga-ga over on Pinterest.
See my board solely dedicated to shelf & bookcase styling here!

Did you miss my basement bar inspiration photos? Check it out if you want to see where I crafted up some of my vision from.

The other fantastic part about decorating the basement will be digging out all sorts of frames, books, etc. that I’ve been hoarding bought in the past without knowing where they would end up. Well, I have a whole new level of our house that is calling out for help! Who knows? I may even have side tables, bookcases, chairs…the list could go on and on!

In other #TIOBbasementproject news, the tile is completely installed in the bathroom and I went with very similar choices as in my basement bathroom mood board. And I am still dreaming ours will be as lovely as any of these, too. The vanity is getting set tomorrow, shower fixtures and plumbing later this week and then, I guess that means I get to start decorating & styling – woo hoo!!

1st birthday party details and more on the basement still to come this week. I hope you aren’t getting tired of this project yet…we are just getting to the good stuff 🙂 Thank you for being here today!

this is my bliss signature*affiliate links were used in this post.

basement bathroom design board - marble - gray white black gold bathroom - rustic industrial glam - This is our Bliss

Basement Bathroom Mood Board

Hi & happy Monday! It is a beautiful, sunshiny day and I am ready to rock it this week! I’ve got tons of errands to run & projects to finish for the big birthday party this upcoming weekend, along with a slew of basement selections to finalize! Not only is Simon turning 1 on Wednesday, but Henry’s Spring program + last day of 2 year-old Mom’s Day Out is tomorrow. Tear. I can’t even handle it! Lots going on so I will keep today’s post short & sweet.

My basement bathroom mood / design board is finished up and here for you to see what direction I am moving in….

Check it out!

basement bathroom design board - marble - gray white black gold bathroom -  rustic industrial glam - This is our Bliss

What do you think? I can’t wait to see this space start to transform! I think tile is going in next week – EEEEK!  You can check out my basement bathroom inspiration post here.

Later this week I will be showing you point-in-time basement project pics, plus another set of inspirational photos & design board for the family room / bar area!
A couple of guestroom projects are going to make an appearance this week, too, so please come back soon so you don’t miss a thing!

Thank you for reading and don’t forget to follow This is our Bliss by email & on social media. Have the best day!

this is my bliss signature

One Room Challenge [Guestroom Revamp Week #2]

HELLO! Wow! Where did this last week go?! I will admit I was starting to question my sanity when thinking of the work [and let’s not forget this room redo isn’t free ;(] that is going to be involved in pulling this whole thing off! Then I reeled myself back in and was reminded that I had been hunting for accessories for a little while before I decided to participate in the challenge AND if I can do a few tasks each week, I should be able to stay on track! Its not like we are doing any demo or renovation of any sort. There are some super talented & courageous bloggers taking on a TON more than I am! So, deep breath. Week 2 is looking good so far. As of this morning, I surprisingly feel great about my progress. Last night, one BIG change took place, but I won’t be sharing photos of it until next week. I am talking wall color. The room is painted and it already feels like you’ve stepped into a completely different space altogether. Painting wasn’t necessarily on my initial punch list, but I knew if I didn’t lighten & brighten the walls, I would still be dealing with those tan walls. Trying to cover them / hide them / pretend they’re not there type of thing.

So with all of that said, today I am sharing my design board [sometimes referred to as a mood board or vision board]. The last mood board I made that I actually put into action was for Simon’s Nursery. I feel they are a great tool to consolidate your vision in one space and also to look back on as a reference & source of motivation.
A few of these “looks” are actually going to happen, but you’ll have to wait and see which ones I am talking about!

Guestroom Revamp Design board | One Room Challenge | Spring 2015 | This is our Bliss


If you follow me on instagram, you’ll recognize that teal throw – serious score this week. The hunt for art and accessories is ON and I will say, the gold is rushing in, although it’s probably no surprise there.
During Week #3, I will be revealing everything that is or is going to be painted and more progress sneak peaks. I really hope you will come back to see all of the fun stuff still to come!


If you missed my before pics & inspiration photos from week #1, you can see them all here.

Aside from the ORC, the plan is to get some non-ORC posts published ASAP. I have a few craft projects to share, a guest bathroom underway, our master bedroom is slowly, but surely transforming and our contractor is scheduling work to start in our basement sometime during the week of the 20th. EEEK! There is a lot going on, but there always is and I’ve come to terms with that. I guess that’s just the way we roll. My husband may argue and say it’s how I roll. Oh well, I guess I can’t entirely disagree 🙂

Have a great afternoon and be sure to check out the One Room Challenge participants’ Week 2 updates from yesterday and the Linking Participants’ Week 2 posts today! There are some crazy talented ideas brewing and serious progress taking place – I love it!

this is our bliss signature

Powder Room Mood Board

Hello there! I know it’s been a little while since I have shared any projects or posts, but I have been running around crazy enjoying time with my little guys.  Thankfully, they both seem to nap for a couple of hours at the same time in the afternoon and I have found myself napping too 🙂 and if I’m not napping, instead of doing projects, I am dreaming up new ones!  It is a constant struggle, I tell you.  I can’t seem to shut my brain off when it comes to decorating, designing or updating the house.  My taste in décor has changed a bit since moving in 2 years ago, so instead of running out to buy all new things (well, I am buying some new things), I am trying to come up with diy projects or ways to repurpose what I already own.  Some people like to call it “shopping your house“. This is when you put things in new arrangements, move them to different rooms, give something a new look with fresh paint or even pull something old out of storage.

One room I am working to update is our main floor powder room.  It is a fairly small 1/2 bath and is currently light green in color.  We had the whole house painted when we moved in and since I was afraid of color, I chose to paint 2 of the 3 bathrooms in a color other than gray or beige.  I am going dark this time, like dark charcoal gray.  The color I have selected almost has a smoky navy blue hue to it.  I love it and hope it looks as good on the walls as it does in my head!  I designed a mood board to help with the design & finishings to accomplish the look I am going for.  I want it to be a tad rustic with stained wood shelving (a future diy project, I hope) to go along with a small wooden cabinet I have in there for toilet paper storage and a bit glitzy with white & gold (& a little silver) touches throughout. There is a white pedestal sink & white toilet, along with the newly painted white trim which will really pop off of the dark background.  I am going to add additional white pieces to keep it light and some gold because I can’t help myself.  There will probably also be a small gallery wall.  Again, because I can’t help myself!

mood board

Above you will see: a few inspirational powder rooms, wood shelving, gold hardware, towels and then some funky typography wall art & metal wall pieces to add visual texture, depth & interest.  I hope to get working on our powder room soon, seeing as how my sample paint has been on the wall, along with painter’s tape around the room for a couple of weeks now.  Oh well.  Just add this space to the list.  This was my first time creating a mood board on Polyvore & I can’t wait to make more!

Thanks for reading and please do stop by again. Lots of projects underway, so posts will be a bit scattered, but I know you understand 🙂  Oh! and I promise to write & publish the final post on our  “outdoor oasis” soonish. [update, see it here!]  I ordered the last of the decorative “stuff” to put out there and will work on getting everything out & photographed once it all arrives.

Have a great day!

sig main 1