Hey there, guys! I’m super thrilled to be sharing today’s post with you! Since ya’ll seem to go crazy for styling posts around here AND you know about my un-tamable love [ok, let’s call it what it is – my obsession] for throw pillows, I’m going to show you how to style a sofa with 2 different looks! The other fabulous part about today’s post is I’m joining an amazing group of bloggers who are also dishing on their sofa styling tips, how to get the look, sources and more! So be sure to scroll to the end of the post to check out the others’ sofa scoop!
Another knock-out round of Knock it Off DIY is here! Woo hoo! If you haven’t caught any of our sneak peeks yet, then you are in for a treat today. Seriously!
It’s here! It’s here! No, not Christmas morning, but the day I finally get to share all of the holiday dreamin’ & schemin’ I’ve been up to over here!
When I was invited to participate in the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes hosted by Jenny from Evolution of Style, I was nearly speechless! So after I pinched myself, I said yes and got to work. Well, not at that very second, but it does seem as if the holidays have been on the brain since August 😉
The tour kicked off last Monday, December 1st and the homes have been nothing short of brilliant. Everyone has their own unique style and way of spreading holiday cheer throughout each room in their home – gobs and gobs of inspiration! I love it!
Our door is one of my true loves. I am just not sure if I could ever leave it. Even without a Christmas wreath on it… If you missed my last post on the front door from the Merry, Bright and Blissful Holiday Home series, you can check it out here. Pleeenty more in the series to come!
Our formal living room always had a little sass, but after all the holiday zhushing, its definitely bold and bright and makes no apology. It remained fairly neutral with pops of red and a sprinkle of gold – glitter, sequins, foil, you name it. It’s here 😉
The red & gold pillows were DIY and the others were HomeGoods finds. My favorite leopard throw joined in the fun from its previous home in the family room.
When the Christmas tree lights are on, I am a happy girl. If it were up to me, I would leave them on 24/7, but I refrain. The tree was trimmed with ornaments and picks from years’ past, but a few DIY mini wrapped present ornaments were added this year.
Why not coordinate from head-to-toe?
Two little ones found their way into frames on the living room bookcase, most of which are gold.
A few silver trees from the dollar store and several shiny ornaments were scattered throughout the shelves.
The front of the bookcase got a quick facelift. You might remember back to when I gave it its first major / minor makeover by adding the framed art to the front this fall. It really does take all of 30 seconds!
And that reflection. It gets me every single time.
There is definitely no shortage of pillows in this room, or in the house for that matter. But how could I help it?
The gallery wall was updated for Christmas for under $10 and I’ll be sharing the details with you very soon! I love making quick and easy changes that don’t break the bank!
Making our way to the bar…well, its sort of a make-shift bar, but I’ll take it. The tray holds the necessities and a few miscellaneous accessories.
The accessories are oftentimes just as important as the necessities. Don’t you agree?!
Cranberries & limes are perfectly positive the best holiday garnishes for a festive cocktail!
On our way to the family room, we’ll pass the entryway table with a mini peak at the tree…
And our remodeled fireplace and mantle! Which, btw, was barely finished with seconds to spare. It looks beautiful now, but this absolutely wasn’t the case a short couple days ago.
“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care…”
And the pillows were propped with just as much care.
Here is the marquee you saw the boys holding from our family photoshoot. Thankfully the sign made it home safely. We had a few close-calls with him. I think the littlest walked across the front, but didn’t break a single bulb. How?! Why?! #momofboys
The stripes do pop up here and there and everywhere!
And a gold foil polka dot tablecloth keeps things light and bright. A couple plaid napkins were thrown in to keep things interesting.
A super simple centerpiece made up of a few basics – black and gold taper candleholders with white candles, a mercury vase with fresh holly & tree clippings, a couple ornaments and garland woven around with the ends wrapped back together. Voila!
Right back where we started!
And one last look at the front room tree…
And a final look at the door as we say goodbye…
And because its Chicago-land, you are heading out just in time!
Thank you so much for joining me here today!! And please do come back each day this week and into next week to view more Christma-fied rooms & all the details from what you saw today! You won’t want to miss!
We are a little more than halfway through the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes, so be sure to back-track and check out what went on last week and then hang tight for the remainder of the tour, too! Another big thank you to Evolution of Style for a fantastic tour. I am so proud to be a part of it this year!
12.1 | Evolution of Style || Dixie Delights
12.2 | Life & Home at 2102 || Provident Home Design
12.3 | Simple Details
12.4 | The Pink Clutch || This is Happiness
12.7 | Bless’er House || The Tale Of An Ugly House
12.8 | Classic Casual Home || This is our Bliss
12.9 | Primitive and Proper
12.10 | Shine Your Light || Driven by Decor
12.11 | Suburban Bitches || Our Storied Home
12.14 | Simply Sarah Style || Rough Luxe
12.16 | Tour Highlights & Our Link Party with YOU!
I hope you’ll come back to see the rest of the Merry, Bright and Blissful Holiday Home series:
Ok – I’ve officially decided. I’m never buying another throw pillow. #yeahright
Ok, so I don’t think I could put a stop to my pillow shopping madness even if I tried, but I do know this. I am so going to be making another set or several more DIY cloth napkin pillows yet this year. If you are a This is our Bliss Facebook page “liker” (which I hope you are!) then you have already seen my holiday napkin find. It’s too good….
Pretty. sure. you’ll be seeing these pop up around my house come December 😉 Probably on my couch…or my table…or both! This 12 red, white and black plaid napkins is only $19.99 – that’s like 6 pillows for 20 bucks. I don’t think you can even score that at GW.
So today…wait for it… I’m sharing…
5 Fab Cloth Napkin finds!
I love a classic stripe! These fall-ish colored striped napkins would look fabulous on your fall or Thanksgiving table. You really can’t go wrong with a stripe in any color – so timeless! Also, $19.99 for a set of 12 😉 This set is super cute for obvious reasons. This gorgeous turkey might end up stealing the show. I found these at Loom Décor, where you can create custom napkin sets starting at just $38! Again, if you want to use them for pillows, you’ve scored yourself a MAJOR deal here. Their variety is crazy huge!
And these….well if you know me, then you know my heart is jumping out of my chest right now! I mean these large-scale black and white checks (also known as buffalo plaid) are ah-mazing. The set of 6 even comes in this steel bucket and is available in 3 different colors!
If you saw my Thanksgiving table last year, then you’ll see you can go absolutely anywhere with your color scheme. I love black and white everything with pops of glitz and glam, so a stripe, check or plaid in these classic colors is a DO any time of the year!
Paisley says warm and inviting to me, so these paisley napkins would also make a lovely addition to your table or couch this season. The colors are a bit more traditional for a fall gathering, but the pattern still gives off a fresh, chic look.
And these Crate & Barrel “Harvest” napkins are spot-on for autumn and into Thanksgiving, but would surely make a great addition to a summer tablescape or BBQ, too! Maybe it’s my inner Iowa girl surfacing 😉
Call me a coo-koo cloth napkin lady, but I think I need all of them!
I hope you are digging this napkin thing as much as I am, because I am still so in love with my fall plaid throw pillows I made out of just 2 of these bad boys. Annnd if you don’t want to undertake the super easy DIY throw pillow task, then try one of my other alternative ideas for how to use your table linens!
And lets take a minute to look back to these black and white beauties!
Buckets of buffalo check napkins for all!!
Are your wheels spinning with where to buy your next cloth napkins? Who knew?! Never thought I’d be on such a mission!
I’m so excited to hit the neighborhood tomorrow escorted by my cutie pie pumpkin and dashing Mickey Mouse…dad will be along for the ride, too…Maybe even toting along some “adult treats”?!
Wishing you all a very happy, safe (and warm) Halloween weekend!
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I hate to admit this, but I think I am almost all fall-ed out. It is a hard thing to admit because as a blogger, I’m totally guilty of it. The fall crafts, décor & DIY’s come flying out of the gates in August, with a slight change-up for Halloween and then back at it for Thanksgiving. Months and months of it!
Buuut, I do think it is time to get the ball rolling for the… ahem… next holiday in line and its not even November yet.
I can’t help it, but I’m ready for something new!… a new color palette…new vignettes…new signage… you catch my drift?!! Its the most wonderful time of the year 😉
So as I get ready to bid this season goodbye, I thought an ode to one of my fave fall décor DIY’s of all time was a good idea for Think again Thursday.
Did you guys see my DIY Fall Pillows? Plaid is hot right now and I seriously could not be more in love with this project.
I am not the first person to make pillows out of table linens and I won’t be the last. If you are on board with this idea, then great! If you are sort of intrigued and find yourself hunting down great cloth napkins, but don’t really see yourself using them in a table setting, well, then you are in luck!
5 ways to use cloth napkins:
1 | pillows
I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it again…just sew 2 together and voila! You’ve got yourself a pillow cover! Place a pillow insert inside and you have a new accessory for your couch or chair (or entryway table!).
2 | wall art
Here on the pegboard gallery wall in Simon’s nursery, I simply framed pieces of fabric (the navy & white alphabet and the bright colored geo / triangles). Napkins are made up of some fabulous fabrics!
Simply place a napkin behind a crisp white mat inside of a frame and hang it up on the wall or lean it on a shelf or bookcase to instantly add a pop of color, punch of pattern and a bit of texture to your space. (See how I made another DIY wall art piece with a journal cover here)
3 | placemat
Many people use napkins as a placemat or charger plate instead. Place your charger plate (or skip the charger) and / or dinner plate right on top of the napkin. Easy table transformation for any occasion.
See here for just one of the MANY beautiful tablescapes created by Courtney of A Thoughtful Place. She is the queen of a beautifully styled table with tons of great quick & easy DIY’s to go along with.
4 | quilt
Use cloth napkins as you would use regular fabric for a quilting project!
5 | wine bottle gift wrap
I love this one! Take your napkin (dish towels work great for this, too) and lay it out flat. Place a wine bottle in the center and pull your four corners up around it. Secure the napkin or cloth with a piece of jute twine and some festive ribbon. Quick & cute hostess gift! Use the napkin to wrap any sort of gift! You can get these gold foil confetti dot napkins here.
Surely you aren’t already burnt out of this nifty napkin thing?! I hope not because tomorrow I am sharing my top 5 cloth napkins for 5 Fab Friday Finds! Festive fallish napkins to take you right into Thanksgiving. Add some pizzazz to your table or try out one of these other 5 ideas from today.
In other news, I’m working on some new printables to add to my etsy shop and will let you all know when they become available! Plugging away at the basement, getting ready for trick-or-treaters and getting materials organized for a new project hopefully starting in the next couple of weeks – details coming soon!
Lastly, I’m so humbled by all of my new instagram followers – I am just shy of 1,000 followers!! If you aren’t already following This is our Bliss on social media, be sure to come on over to see other featured bloggers, diy projects, recipes and fun fashion trends!
I’ll be scheming some great giveaways for the upcoming milestones, so be sure to come along for the ride! Thank you 😉
Nothing. I mean, nothing says warm & cozy like PLAID. It enters the scene in the fall and transitions right on in to winter. Of course you can totally rock a plaid print all year round and with such a variety out there now, you have limitless options! One of the easiest ways to add a touch of fall into your home, other than scattering pumpkins everywhere, is to add a plaid throw blanket to the back of a chair or the arm of a sofa. Similarly, toss a couple of plaid fall throw pillows on the couch or in your entryway and call it a day!
Today, I am sharing some of my favorite plaid gear – for the home and for your closet!
pillow | monogram pillow | throw blanket | gray/orange throw | flatware | dessert plates | mug | kitchen towel | flannel shirt | neutral reversible scarf | green flannel shirt | reversible wool scarf shawl | infinity scarf | notecards | tray | ribbon
Go get yourself some plaid! Seriously…go! What are you waiting for?!
I’m seriously so in love with these plaid prints! I picked up a couple of plaid throws at HomeGoods this week and sprinkled them in a few rooms…my Amazon plaid shirts
are on their way and my boots are ready to roll (since they’re by the front door and all 😉 )
Happy October, friends!
What is your favorite go-to plaid accessory for fall?
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?
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!
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.
Well, 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:
That’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!
I have one in our family room on the couch….
I really love the gold & orange hues on the gray couch…it really warms things up from the usual neutral tones.
…And then, this happened. I just couldn’t help myself.
Since I was playing around with my fall entryway last week, I decided to try this option out and I absolutely LOVE it!
Look 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 🙂
Plenty 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!
Are 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 😉
Hello & happy Monday! I think I was still recovering from Labor Day weekend at my in-laws up until last Friday and then another weekend away at my parents’ house sure didn’t help cure my tired & unorganized self, but its ok! Its a new day and the start of a brand new week! and Week 2 of our September “Back to Basics” series at that!
You guys…it’s going to be tough to top last week’s tips, tricks and tutorials, but I’m preeeetty sure everyone is going to be bringing their A-game yet again!
Today I am going to break down my formula for mixing patterns with you all. It’s sort of intimidating, right? I mean…
Does this go with this?
Can I put these together?!
How can I tell if this actually works??!
I’m going to simplify things for you with just a few quick tips!
I may not venture too far into the color spectrum when it comes to decorating, but I do love to mix and match patterns. I tend to gravitate more towards a neutral color palette – varying shades of black, white, gray, tan – you know, neutrals. I am totally gaga over gray right now, but black and white will always have my heart. In order to keep things interesting with such basic colors, I’ve had to get bold with the prints & patterns I use throughout our home.
Bold geometrics, subtle floral prints and classic animal print or polka dots are some of my favorites.
If you know me well, then you know pillows are like the window to my soul – I love them so! They are also one of the best styling accessories to introduce pattern into your own space. Once you’ve experimented mixing patterns with a few throw pillows, it’ll be easier to start working pattern into other areas – rugs, furniture, art or even wallpaper. These tend to be pricier purchases, so starting with pillows is the way to go! Once you’ve become comfortable with what types of prints you like together, get creative, go bold and then move on to bigger, more expensive things!
I’m going to break down the process behind choosing these 3 patterns to work together with 4 simple tips!
This is one of my favorite shots of how I used pattern on our guestroom bed. The back print is the headboard, but we can just pretend it is another pillow! This image is a popular one, so I thought it would work well here today as an example. Why reinvent the wheel, right?!
Here we go!
Here is the formula I used: 1 multi-color + 2 accent colors from the multi-color
The floral print acts as the “multi-color” and then I selected my accent color 1 as golden yellow and accent color 2 as black.
Next, I’ll tell you how I came up with the pattern choices.
Tip 2 | Vary the size & scale
Sticking with the guest bed example… The floral print is a medium print, so I knew I needed to add in a large print (yellow hexagon) and a small print (black & ivory Dalmatian) in order to create some variation.
Use two prints from the same pattern family and then one that is from another. For example, 2 geometric prints (hexagon & circular) and 1 opposite (floral), make up a nice combination. The hexagon and animal print have a very symmetric, predictable pattern, where as the floral pattern is free-flowing and multi-dimensional.
Tip 4 | Be brave & go bold (aka don’t follow too many rules!)
People typically notice and compliment more often when I mix & match to the extreme versus play it safe. If I’m drawn to a print, I will pair it with another print I am drawn to, while still trying to apply any one of my trusty tips. Again, if you are playing around with pillows, you hopefully don’t have too much invested in the game, so just go for it! If you try something out and don’t like it, return the pillows or stash them away until you find a new home for it 😉 I’m become a professional at pillow
hoarding collecting. My…ahem…collection is quite extensive, but I like to switch them around and even try mixing different patterns and colors as the seasons change or as a holiday approaches.
For fun, here is another example!:
Again, the multi color has both blue & black, so I chose those colors. Then I decided to go with a large, classic stripe in the blue and then use a small polka dot print as the small. As before, there are 2 geometric prints and one floral. Easy enough, right?!
There are literally a gazillion different pattern combinations one could come up with, so I believe there are definitely lots of right ways to do it! I hope this made sense and was a helpful guide for you!
You can go here for my Back to Basics week 1 post where I share my Nightstand styling tips!
Don’t forget to swing by the other fabulous Back to Basics stops and pick up a few more tips today!
Spring One Room Challenge Finish line – check, CHECK! It’s time to shine the spotlight on the newest finished space in our home! 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…
But now, let’s get to these photos, shall we?! Continue reading
Since I have been focusing so much of my time & effort on the One Room Challenge, I thought it was only appropriate to tie in this week’s 5 Fab Finds with an aspect of the guestroom I have been working on recently—pillow collaborations for the bed. Mixing and matching [and not matching] pillows around the house is one of my favorite things to do. Hoarding throw pillows and pulling them out of the depths of the closets every now and then has become a favorite pastime of mine 🙂
Pillows are a great way to finish a space by adding texture, color or just a little pop of fun! Some people talk about a special formula when arranging pillows, but I tend to just stick with the rule of odd numbers and go with what I like…typically, neutral colors, but in bold prints or that have some sort of texture. Small embellishments, hints of metallic or unique piping / cording can add a unique twist to an otherwise ordinary pillow, too. I am definitely striving to be more brave with the patterns & especially color, but either way, its a lot of fun to play around with.
Today, I am sharing a few of my favorite pillow collaborations right now. These gals totally nailed the styling here. Their pillow combinations are spot-on. #pillowenvy
Have a look!
From sofas to beds, the looks above appear so effortless. Anyone can mix and match those prints, right?! I’d like to think so. For me, it isn’t even necessarily about the appeal of a certain décor style, but more about sensing the fearlessness in the design. Instant spark of decorating energy ignited! I’m for sure going to refer back to these, my inspiration looks & my design board while working away on our Guestroom Revamp project!
Please do check out the source noted underneath each photo to see more beautifully styled spaces, learn where to shop the looks and even how to DIY some of those great pillows!
Have a wonderful weekend, all! No plans for us, so here’s to hoping we can enjoy some springtime weather finally. My oldest begs to go outside and blow bubbles all day long, so there will probably be some of that in my future 🙂