My. Oh. My. I blinked and these last 6 weeks were gone. The 6 week One Room Challenge, that is!
After moving into our new home this summer, I couldn’t wait to have a space to makeover for the Fall 2016 One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home. There was a multitude of rooms to choose from. Only a few needed to be completely overhauled, while almost all needed some lovin’. I knew it wouldn’t be as easy as unpacking the boxes and putting out all of our belongings. The house needed to groomed and our collection of things needed to be curated, but ultimately, I wanted it to feel like us. Not a replica of our old house, but a new and improved version of the house we called home for 4 years. Our first home as a family of four. Continue reading →
So this is supposed to be the last checkpoint before the big reveal, right?!! Say WHAAAT!?
Week 5 of the Fall 2016 One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home has arrived and you know what the tricky part about this week is? Well….on one hand, it’s like, “Yay!! I am so excited about nearing the end of this thing! I just don’t know how much to share with my readers!!”
On the other hand…I’m all, “Sooooo, HOW is this room going to be wrapped up, decisions finalized, styled, re-styled, photographed, re-photographed and posted in less than 7 days!?”
Phwew! I, along with the hundreds of other bloggers who decided to take the plunge and makeover a given space in our home in a very short 6 week period, am sharing the final update on our progress today. Final progress post because the reveal is next week!
So here is where we are at with our dining room with T minus 1 week to go… Continue reading →
Welcome back for the Week 4 update of our Dining Room Makeover! Yes, we are 4 weeks into the One Room Challenge with Calling It Home and I have some big checks checked off our list! I’m a total list-maker and given that we have less than 2 weeks left, I sure better be making those checks right and left right about now!
The biggest transformation so far has been the fresh paint. We went with Sherwin Williams Repose Gray and said adios to the yellow. Unfortunately, there are still several rooms in this house sporting those yellow walls, but not to worry. They will be taken care of soon enough. Just not right now during the ORC! Continue reading →
The One Room Challenge™ is an event that takes place every April and October, where 20 selected design bloggers transform a space in their home over the course of 6 weeks. But this challenge is not just for the pros! ANY blogger, referred to as a “Guest Participant” can join in the fun as well! By Thursday of each week the internet is roaring with ORC buzz! Ideas, inspiration and so so much support! All of the participants are genuinely encouraging and extremely helpful and motivating. Each week the support system grows stronger and stronger — we’re all in this TOGETHER! Continue reading →
We celebrated T’s birthday over the weekend on the most beautiful fall day. His parents got to town around 10, so we drank coffee and played with the boys out back, golfed in the afternoon and since we had a sitter at the house, we decided to have dinner out, too! But somehow, an early night in on Saturday still made for a long day of recovering on Sunday! And then Monday came and I knew it was time to get moving on some projects. One in particular, as you might guess…
It’s here! It’s HERE! Nope, not Christmas morning, but it sort of feels like it in blogland right now. We’ve all been prepping and planning, ready to unveil our “chosen” spaces. The space that will receive a top-to-bottom makeover over the course of the next 6 weeks. Week 1 of the Fall 2016 One Room Challenge hosted by Calling it Home is here!
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the One Room Challenge [ORC] yet, buckle up. It’s going to be a wild and incredibly inspiring ride! When This is our Bliss was about 1 year old, I jumped in and joined the Spring 2015 One Room Challenge and madeover our guestroom. You can see Week 1 here and work your way to the reveal from there!
After sitting a couple rounds out, I’m now ready to rock and roll through this challenge! With our move into the new house in June, I really could’ve selected any given number of rooms, but the one I decided I really want to tackle this fall before the holidays is…. Continue reading →
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!
gold urchin [HomeGoods]
black metal circle wall art [Hobby Lobby + black spray paint]
hexagon tray [Target – no longer available] gold wing trinket dish Henry Matisse tree art print [IKEA – no longer available]
black & white framed art [Hobby Lobby] plant [Meijer] + plant basket
teal lamp & gold geometric vase [HomeGoods]
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:
Have a great day and I hope to see you back here soon! *Affiliate links were used in this post, so if you click on certain links and make a purchase, a small percentage goes back to This is our Bliss, but it does not increase costs to you whatsoever! Thank you!
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…
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:
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’
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…
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.
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.
I will hopefully have a nice gallery wall tutorial after the challenge is over. We will see.
Oh and I hung these cuties up!
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:
new lamps or just new shades
something with the headboard statement piece above the bed
new art / gallery wall new curtains – lighter in color or a bright print makeover the mirror insert upholstered chair
paint 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!
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 🙂
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!!!
and a little reminder of where what we were workin’ with before…
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 🙂
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.